East Jessamine High School culinary teacher Cary York was one of three food-service educators recognized at the 2012 CAFÉ-Idaho Potato Commission Innovation Awards. The awards were held at the eighth-annual Leadership Conference of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ) at The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio, Texas, from June 21-23.
York received the top award for her project, “Meet the Nutrition All-Stars,” a nutrition book for children developed by her culinary-arts students. The exercise ensured the students understood the nutrition unit in order to package the information so a child could understand and learn it.
York’s idea was born from her school’s requirement to develop activities that assess learning from an application of knowledge rather than memorized information.
“Using the children’s book as an assessment tool early in the semester helped set the tone for learning during the food-and-nutrition course of study for students,” she said. “The academic experience came alive as they read to young children and saw the results of their efforts in promoting the new USDA My Plate food guidelines.”
For her first-place recognition, York received a cash award of $1,000 from the Idaho Potato Commission, subsidized travel to CAFÉ’s 2012 Leadership Conference and a full conference registration.
“The Idaho Potato Commission is dedicated to sharing foodservice knowledge and skills with beginning culinarians,” said Don Odiorne, IPC vice president for food service. “Teaching innovation can mean reaching them faster and with greater comprehension.”