Growing Chefs! in Kelowna
For the very first time, the Growing Chefs! Gardening and Cooking Program is being piloted in Kelowna, BC. In collaboration with the Okanagan Young Professionals (OYP) Collective, the program is a part of two Grade 3 classes at A.S. Matheson Elementary School.
The two teams of chef volunteers are from some of Kelowna’s top restaurants. The seven chefs hail from RauDZ Regional Table, Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar, Grapevine Restaurant at Gray Monk Winery, Culinary Ink, and Cabana Grille.
The program in Kelowna began right after spring break. The chef volunteers helped students plant fast growing vegetables. Since then, the classes have covered topics such as nutrition, urban agriculture, and composting through interactive activities and stories. In just a few short weeks, the students will harvest the peas, beans, and lettuces they planted at the start of the program to make stir-fries, salads, and soup!
Chef Donnie Ungaro of Culinary Ink who is also currently the Team Leader of the Okanagan Young Professionals Collective an initiative by the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC) , was a Vancouver Growing Chefs! volunteer in 2010. After moving back to the Okanagan Valley, Ungaro felt the program would be valuable for local schools and would be a great fit for the culinary community of Kelowna.
We are so thrilled to be a part of the Kelowna community this year! A huge thanks goes out to Chef Donnie Ungaro, the chef volunteers, and the Kelowna school administration for making this happen!