Mission To bring people of all ages together around delicious, affordable fresh food while positively impacting their health and well-being. Since the late '90s, FamilyCook programs and curricula have reached over 100,000 families across the US. FamilyCook provides evidence-based programs/ curricula and the training to embed nutrition education through hands-on cooking in schools, community organizations, on farms and other settings around the country.
Six Programs & Supporting Curricula
FamilyCook Productions offers schools, community-based groups, farmers markets, community gardens and others, an array of field-tested, evidence-based curricula that teach nutrition through cooking. Our programs are available through a license to your organization and require some training. These training sessions provide educators, para-professionals, and parents with the necessary skills to conduct our program successfully, make them available and sustainable over time.
For over 14 years, FamilyCook has been pioneering and embedding food education for a wide variety of clients and audiences around the U.S. Some of our most recent projects reflect this diversity of audiences and communities.Learn more
When the lights lowered at Madiba Harlem last Tuesday June 16th, the audience quieted instantly. The music that kicked off the 2015 “Teen Battle Chef LIVE in Harlem” was sung by TBC alumnus Joel Allette.
Joel performed his song ‘Energy’ composed for FamilyCook along with two other contemporary songs about what it takes to be healthy and fit in a world of fast food, sugary drinks and video games.
“music and healthy eating give me energy " says Joel. Listening to his music connects listeners with the values that are encompassed in our Teen Battle Chef (TBC) programs. Designed to foster change among youth in the most health-challenged communities across NYC and the US., the TBC competition amazed our NYC celebrity Chef Judges. Similar audiences and judges were wowed at Teen Battle Chef competitions in the mid-atlantic, Philadelphia and as far away as Yakima Valley in Washington state in recent months, as students displayed their culinary skills, sophisticated recipe choices, exuberance about healthful eating and compelling stories of personal transformation.
This year at Madiba Harlem, students competed from HealthCorps programs at West Side High School in Harlem, Brooklyn Lab High School, and College Academy High School in Washington Heights. The TBC youth selected and mastered their own ethnic recipes: Udon Stir Fry and Brazilian Stew!
They also shared heartfelt reflections about how learning to cook with fresh ingredients has impacted their own health and that of their families. Our program evaluations have shown that for each youth participant, 10 more individuals are impacted through their exuberant sharing of new skills and exciting flavor-packed recipes.
The event is sponsored by Emblem Health and supported by three local Chapters of the LINKS Inc., as a public platform for youth to demonstrate their new skills and abilities around cooking and healthy eating. Comedian Chuck Nice co-hosted with Joel, and celebrity judges Dan Jackson from Terrace 5 and Café 2 @MOMA, Richard Grausman from C-CAP, Leah Abraham from Settepani and Craig Samuel from B+C restaurant group offered their encouraging critiques and accolades. As Richard Grausman pointed out, “Just look at my bowl – it’s empty,” he exclaimed with a wide grin!
The audience had the biggest job – selecting a winning team for Best Cooking Demonstration (Team Japan) and for Best in Culinary Artistry (Team Brazil). Every student was a winner and went home with a fabulous Circulon cookware set among other prizes thanks to the LINKS and a signed copy of Richard Grausman’s cookbook!
Our programs for every age (preschool through adult) empower participants to create healthy meals and experience the joy of sharing them with other. Here are some clips that demonstrate and explain why empowerment is such a critical element of the work with do with all ages!
Teen Battle Chefs from Health Careers Academy in Stockton, California battled to showcase their cooking skills -- watch the video documenting it from HealthCorps coordinator Precious Fortes!
See Star Jones, former Former First Lady of New York Michelle Paige-Paterson, Former Governor of New York, David Paterson, Bravos TV's Chef Roble and more at our Teen Battle Chef LIVE! in Harlem event, sponsored by EmblemHealth.
"Teen Battle Chef": Forget "America's Iron Chef" series! In Brooklyn, it's all about "Teen Battle Chef" where high school students are challenging one another to create the tastiest and healthiest meals. But the competition doesn't stop there. From Brooklyn Independent Television's Brooklyn Review, episode 244. Original air date: 7/14/2011.
FamilyCook Productions is proud to release this sizzle reel highlighting this event which showcased inner city high school student 'stars' of our premier nutritional culinary education program: Teen Battle Chef! Watch these teens cook under pressure as the two teams 'battle' it out preparing complex ethnic fare for celebrity judges on stage with Celebrity Host Chef George Duran of TLC's Ultimate Cake Off!
"Willow Comes to WIC" is an exciting new program for WIC Centers created by FamilyCook Productions. The monthly hands-on program is designed to support WIC moms to help their young children accept more fruits and vegetables. Each month's short lesson celebrates different seasonal produce where children play with Willow, the cuddly bunny puppet who LOVES bunny food - yes, fruits and veggies!
We are currently tracking the redemption rate of the fruit & vegetable checks distributed to mothers at the WIC Center in Ewing, New Jersey where "Willow Comes to WIC" is being piloted, thanks to a generous grant from the makers of Dole and Tropicana juices!
FamilyCook has been working with NYC Adult Home Facilities on a project to improve the quality of life of the residents around food. The project, funded by the New York State Department of Health formed a settlement after litigation related to the fire at Ocean House several years ago, involves adding more flavorful recipes chock full of colorful fruits and vegetables and cooking classes for residents where recipes are identified for introduction into the food service as festive ethnic nights! One on one counseling around personal nutritional goals is also part of the project design. This video offers a peek at the project goals and our approach!
Radio personality Robin Quivers ran the New York City Marathon to support the work of FamilyCook Productions "Teen Battle Chef" program through her 15 Foundation . Thanks to Robin's dedication to health and nutrition for youth, hundreds of families in the tri-state area will benefit from culinary education programs this summer! Watch as Robin describes the marathon challenge and cooks up a delicious meal with NYC Teen Battle Chefs!
The partnership between Teen Battle Chef and HealthCorps has yielded some exciting impacts on youth in over 40 high schools across the U.S. HealthCorps trained Coordinators teach nutrition, physical activity and mental resilience. These quality instructors also teach FamilyCook's Teen Battle Chef program as part of their nutrition component. Coordinators Jeff Lin and Sarah Frank discuss just how impactful the program has been for their students!
Teen Battle Chefs battled on stage at Madiba Harlem Theater, June 16th! Check out our recap and read what Harlem World Magazine is saying about the event!