Growing Chefs! Ontario is a registered charity based in London, Ontario that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects.
Growing Chefs! Ontario has been incorporated since 2008.
To get kids excited about wholesome healthy food!
To build and maintain a healthy, empowered community that is engaged with our food system.
- To provide an avenue for chefs and growers to get more involved in the community and to support food education.
- To provide children with the confidence, knowledge and enthusiasm to grow and prepare good, healthy cuisine.
- To support and encourage the development and growth of food education for children and families.
Our Core Values:
- Community: To engage, strengthen and support communities in their ongoing conversations around food.
- Food: To celebrate the positive change that we can create through food.
- Health: To foster healthy bodies and minds through positive relationships with food.
Our Food Charter:
Food Charter Vision: To help community members see food and cooking as fun, inclusive and empowering. Good food is for everyone.
Food Charter Mission: To help all community members feel confident in making the best decisions they can with the resources available to them. We work to achieve this in our own programming by means of:
Promoting local foods whenever and wherever possible (i.e., to look to source local first and incorporate at least one local seasonal food in each Growing Communities cooking class as a learning point)
Emphasizing whole ingredients, and minimizing use of processed foods
Trying our best to ensure all seafood used as an ingredient is sustainably sourced
Trying our best to ensure all meat and egg products used as ingredients are locally, ethically and sustainably sourced
Promoting recipes featuring whole grains
Promoting recipes using reduced and/or natural sugars
Advocating home cooking as a tool for a healthy and balanced diet
Keeping in mind recipes need to be simple, clear and consider common barriers community members may be experiencing.