creating healthier places in which to learn

WITS Featured Chef Partner

Henry Rinehart
Chef Henry Rinehart


Great restaurants start with great people. Henry Rinehart is most certainly a remarkable person. Originally from London, Henry was raised on Manhattan's Upper West Side.


From an early age, he was inspired by the ever-changing restaurant industry. After working in fine dining establishments around the world, including some of New York's best, Henry returned to the Upper West Side to open his very own culinary jewel, Henry's in 1999. A Modern American Bistro, Henry’s has become a neighborhood institution serving quality and seriously delicious food. While a restaurateur by trade, he is also an advocate for change in our nation’s food system.


Henry shares the belief that like a restaurant, the cafeteria is where children learn to live and eat together. Motivated by his young son, Henry has been working to promote healthy eating in New York City public schools for over a decade. “Everyone has an opinion about school lunch,” he says, “but I believe there is tremendous room for improvement.” Henry is truly committed to making school meals more accessible, healthy and nutritious.


Henry has been a long-time partner of WITS and is deeply involved in the Cook for Kids program. He first became a Chef Partner in 2008, a critical year for WITS when we more than doubled our new program from 3 to 8 public schools. He is currently the Chef Partner at PS 145/West Prep Academy where he hosts regular Café Days and supports the school on a variety of wellness efforts. He most recently hosted the “Ladies at the Table” etiquette club at Henry’s. Henry has truly become an irreplaceable part of the WITS team. “Wellness in the Schools is a great organization, beautifully run, with a very clear mission.” He continues, “The WITS team is doing a tremendous job changing how we feed our kids.”


Click here for Chef Rinehart's delicious Shredded Kale Salad recipe