Cora stumps for healthier school meals

Tue Apr 10, 2012 10:24am EDT
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - American chef Cat Cora has been traveling around the United States to raise awareness about nutrition and to promote better school meals as a part of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Chefs Move to Schools" campaign.

The 44-year-old, who lives in California, is also a co-host of a food competition show, "Around the World in 80 Plates," which is set to debut in May.

She spoke to Reuters about her passion for healthy eating and helping school cafeterias around the U.S.

Q: Why did you get involve in "Chefs Move to Schools"?

A: "It's really important to get the word out on nutrition education in public schools. I have one son in public school and another one coming up. It's important to show why it is important to eat healthier and have money go into school lunches and school cafeterias."

Q: What are the problems with school lunches and cafeterias?

A: "It's education, but it's really funding. We know there are problems with the quality of the school lunches. That's something we all know. It's getting the school more funding so we could raise the quality of the food that goes on those plates in the cafeterias. The people who are cooking and serving the lunches are just limited by their budgets."

Q: What activities have you engaged in so far?   Continued...

American chef Cat Cora is seen in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Deborah Bondareff /Handout