We all share a passion for helping children realize their full potential.
Giving kids the knowledge and tools to grow and become their best selves is our true purpose. That’s why we created a signature program that allows us to make a direct, lasting impact on the lives of young people. Emeril’s Culinary Garden and Teaching Kitchen reflects our mission to inspire, mentor and enable youth while broadening our reach nationally.
Alden and I wanted to reach and impact kids in a positive manner, and we knew the best way to do that was through food.
By integrating gardening and cooking concepts in school curriculums, we offer an engaging experience that connects kids to the world of food and nurtures skills that benefit them not only in the kitchen but also throughout life. Through a growing network of like-minded schools, Emeril’s Culinary Garden and Teaching Kitchen enriches the lives of kids through a fun, fresh perspective on food.
The Four Pillars
Appreciation for the source of food
To instill in children a respect for and understanding of the source of their food.
Development of Life skills through food
To develop life skills, confidence and a sense of respect in children through the rigors of growing and preparing food.
To import the values of healthy eating in children, who in turn can influence their families and community to adopt healthy lifestyles.
Development of Culinary Skills
To teach culinary skills to children to enable them to cook for themselves, enriching their self-reliance skills.
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Belle Chasse Academy
Belle Chasse, LA
Belle Chasse Academy (BCA) is a pre-K through eighth grade public charter school serving over 900 military dependent children from the five parishes of Greater New Orleans.
Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen at BCA will allow the school to expand its current gardening program, renovate the existing culinary classroom, complete its hydroponic lettuce system, develop the school’s vegetable production garden, and build an outdoor culinary learning center that will serve as the heart of the school’s infrastructure.
Cunningham Elementary School
Cunningham Elementary School is a pre-K through fifth grade public charter school within Austin Independent School District serving over 400 students with diverse backgrounds.
Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen at Cunningham Elementary will allow the school to enhance its current gardening program and renovate one of the school’s existing classrooms into a 1,500-square-foot teaching kitchen. In this space, students’ imaginations and minds will be activated when they interact with the food they have grown using the program’s curriculum which features more than 100 of Chef Emeril’s recipes modified for the classroom
DC Bilingual Public Charter School
DC Bilingual Public Charter School offers an innovative, dual immersion, Spanish and English learning program for all students, regardless of their home language. Through its rigorous academic curriculum; comprehensive arts, food and wellness, and family engagement programs; and celebration of diverse cultures, DC Bilingual students learn the skills and values they need to become influential members of their community. As ranked by the DC Public Charter School Board (DC PCSB), DC Bilingual is a Tier 1 school serving 453 pre-K through grade 5 students. At the core of DC Bilingual ’s school culture is an emphasis on the value of learning within a diverse community. Sixty-one percent (61%) of DC Bilingual students are Latino, 20% are African American, and 15% are white. The majority of its students (63%) qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and 14% receive special education services. Diversity creates an environment where students learn from one another, learn to respect each other, and develop the skills and habits to excel in a diverse world. In partnership with the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, DC Bilingual seeks to grow its student leaders to address societal injustices through food and environmental stewardship; build its community’s understanding and empathy for the environment and how it connects to the food that we eat; further opportunities for community members to explore new flavors and relate to each other through the language of food; and elevate the importance of food and well-being toward the academic, social, and emotional growth of its students local and nationally.