Friday, July 14

Session one of CHEF Camp concludes at Southern University Land-Grant Campus

Campers learn to cut pizza hands-on

Teachers and students celebrate at the end of their week-long CHEF Camp
Baton Rouge, LA - The Southern University Land-Grant Campus collaborated with the LSU AgCenter to host a youth cooking school, “Creating Healthy Enjoyable Foods,” or CHEF for youth ages 9-11 from July 10-15. The second session of camp directed towards 12-15 year olds will take place on SU Campus July 24-28, 2017.

The camp is designed to teach basic cooking principles and nutrition education based on the USDA’s recommendations and guidelines, with the goal of combating childhood obesity and related diseases. It also teaches MyPlate, germ prevention, kitchen safety, and social skills.

“These camps are very useful in this day and time for children to learn skills they can use for life,” said Kiyana Kelly, Nutrition Educator at the SU Land-Grant Campus. “Especially learning how to prepare food safely using the microwave now that many parents work, and when kids get return from school they can still eat healthy.”

The mother of one camper expressed her satisfaction with the skills her daughter learned in camp. “Jayla is learning more about healthy eating and MyPlate with more information on cooking and eating healthy than before she came to camp,” said Liza Singleton. Jayla Singleton who attends LaSalle Elementary School chimed in, “It’s fun!”

From the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Emanuel Andrews, Community Outreach Coordinator, was on hand with games to keep the campers engaged in physical activity and to raise awareness about the importance of staying active in addition to eating healthy.

At the conclusion of the camp, family members participate in sampling food prepared by their students, who went home with certificates of completion, recipe books and other goodies to continue their journey of healthy living. The CHEF Camp concluded with Pizza, Mac and Cheese, and Smoothie in-a-Bag.

For more information about the camp, contact Kiyana Kelly or Marquetta Anderson-Reynolds at (225) 389-3055 or mail or

Click here to view photos from the East Baton Rouge Parish CHEF Camp.


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