Tom Colicchio, the head judge of Bravo’s popular Top Chef show, came out in support of the Child Nutrition Act currently in a House committee. Colicchio is the son of a lunch lady himself, and he said that he’s never had any trouble getting kids to eat healthy food—it just has to taste good.
Colicchio isn’t alone in calling for school lunch reform. Rachael Ray went to DC to lobby lawmakers on this issue. Brit Jamie Oliver has made it his primary objective over the last few years to try to change how America thinks about school lunch. Michelle Obama has been battling child obesity ever since she moved into the White House. Revered chef Alice Waters has done a lot to make school lunches tastier and more nutritious.
There’s a lot at stake here. Children who are fed junk don’t perform well in the classroom, and they develop bad eating habits that last long after graduation. These bad eating habits lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, and cost billions. If we want healthy, educated citizens, we need to feed our kids as we would want to be fed.