Photos of Michelle Obama Launching Chefs Move to Schools Program at White House

Michelle Obama Kicks Off Chefs Move to Schools Program

First Lady Michelle Obama has been working on her Let's Move! campaign for some time now. Last Friday, June 4, she kicked off a new part of the initiative, the Chefs Move! to Schools program, which encourages chefs to pair with local schools to provide cooking and nutrition advice. Despite the stagnant, 90-degree weather, more than 500 hundred participants, clad in their chef's whites, gathered on the South Lawn of the White House. Among those who attended? Media mogul Rachael Ray, Top Chef head judge Tom Colicchio, Iron Chef Cat Cora, nutritionist Ellie Krieger, and chefs Marcus Samuelsson and José Andrés.

“Children consume as many as half of their daily calories at school, and with more than 31 million children participating in the National School Lunch Program and more than 11 million participating in the National School Breakfast Program, good nutrition at school is more important than ever,” Mrs. Obama said in her remarks. “Chefs have tremendous power as leaders on this issue because of their deep knowledge of food and nutrition and their ability to deliver these messages in a fun and delicious way and I want to thank them for joining the Chefs Move to Schools campaign.”

First Lady Michelle Obama addressed hundreds of chefs in her launch of the new Chefs Move! to Schools program.

The kickoff took place Friday, June 4, at the South Lawn of the White House.

Rachael Ray was present to take part in the action.

Culinary and TV personality Rachael Ray helped harvest vegetables from the White House garden.

Also on hand was Iron Chef Cat Cora, who also helped harvest vegetables from the White House garden.

Check out the first lady's (somewhat lengthy) address, and pictures of who was there, after the jump.

First Lady Michelle Obama addressed hundreds of chefs in her launch of the new Chefs Move! to Schools program.

The kickoff took place Friday, June 4, at the South Lawn of the White House.

Rachael Ray was present to take part in the action.

Culinary and TV personality Rachael Ray helped harvest vegetables from the White House garden.

Also on hand was Iron Chef Cat Cora, who also helped harvest vegetables from the White House garden.

Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and New York chef Bill Telepan were among the attendees, shielding themselves from teh sun in 90-degree heat.

Chef Todd Gray of local DC restaurant Equinox rolled up his sleeves in the garden with elementary school kids as well.

Chef Israel Calderon snapping photos as Michelle Obama delivers her remarks on the new program.

Even the hot, humid weather wasn't enough to keep the First Lady away from her garden. Here, she's shown with students from Hollin Meadows Elementary in Alexandria, VA.

Michelle Obama, appearing to have a great time getting her hands dirty.
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