Chef Bill Telepan cooks up seasonal fare for NYC Schools

As part of Wellness in Schools program, chef reimagines menus.

May 20—Chef Bill Telepan learned his craft in some of the world's most renowned kitchens before opening his own acclaimed Manhattan restaurant, Telepan. Now, he's brought that experience to New York Publico schools' Wellness in the Schools program, which is a nonprofit dedicated to bringing better food, nutrition and fitness to New York public school kids.

With Telepan on board as executive chef, and culinary school graduates working alongside the staff at 47 NYC public schools, the lunch menu for 25,000 kids has been re-imagined. What Telepan calls "the culture of food" in these schools has changed dramatically.

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