Earlier in the summer Brainfood participants had the opportunity to visit the White House, learn from the White House chefs, and help prepare food for the Congressional Luau, Staff Picnic, and the 4th of July picnic.
Here is what some of them had to say about their visit:
“I had a wonderful experience at the White House as a Brainfood student. I felt honored to participate in the Congressional Luau by working in the pastry kitchen. The staff was very kind and I learned a lot from them in the few hours we visited. Many of the chefs asked us about our goals and gave us advice on how to achieve them. Some of my favorite memories of the day were picking mint leaves in the herb garden, placing gold leaf on chocolate pastries, and taking pictures with Bo, the Obama family’s dog. Thank you Brainfood for inviting me to the White House, it was a day that I will never forget!”
- Joy, 15, School without Walls High School
"My time at the White House was one of the best moments of my life. I got to see a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ things that I didn’t know were in the White House. It was a great experience and it really had an influence on how I view cooking. It sparked an even greater interest in a cooking career for me. The chefs seem to really have a passion for their job and I loved hearing the numerous stories of how they got interested in cooking. It inspired me to work hard to do what I need to do to be successful in life. My experience there taught me teamwork, responsibility, and having a plan for your future.”
- Courtney, 16, Elizabeth Seton High School (MD)
"Cooking at the White House was a treat for me. I enjoyed my visit because we met many people that make things possible at the White House, especially the many chefs that put together everything. Head chef Cris was so kind that I felt that I was at her house instead of the President’s home as she showed me the kitchen and the rooms in the house. I had many trips to the White House before but this one was unforgettable!!”
- Brenda, 16, Banneker High School
"My experience at the White House was wonderful and also inspirational. Meeting all of the successful people at the White House made me more dedicated in accomplishing what I want to be in life when I am older. I had such a good time learning so many new things and I had so much fun just spending my day helping the White House chefs get ready for big picnics and other gatherings. I hope to come back again and I am thankful that Brainfood was invited to help out. Thank You!"
- Asha F., 16, Banneker High School