CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. -- Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen officially opened with a visit from U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey and an announcement of a Signature Chefs Series that will help to fund the kitchen in the future.
Children from the Peekskill School District worked with Kelly to prepare breakfast for Lowey and the more than 50 guests who turned out to launch the new kitchen. “With the opening of the Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen we have the opportunity to teach people of all ages a healthier approach to eating and to help them understand why their diet is so very important to their health," said John C. Federspiel, Hudson Valley Hospital Center president.
“Keeping our communities safe and healthy, especially for our children, is a top priority,” said Lowey. “I’m happy that Chef Peter X. Kelly is part of Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s initiative to encourage healthy diets that help children break bad nutritional habits early on." The Chef Peter X. Kelly Teaching Kitchen is part of a larger initiative at the hospital called Harvest for Health which includes an organic garden, twice -monthly farmers’ markets and a locally sourced food service for patients and employees.
To support the kitchen and the Young Chefs program, Kelly announced a Signature Chefs Series. The meals will be auctioned and prepared privately for the highest bidders. All proceeds from the Signature Chefs Series will go to support the Young Chefs program for at-risk middle school children. The Young Chefs program strives to teach children about the importance of healthy eating through cooking classes that are fun and interactive.
Students who participated at the event were Jameek Allen, Pearl Cobblah, Keosha Smith, Andrew Leff and Aaryana Garzon.