creating healthier places in which to learn

WITS Featured Chef

Dean Sheremet: 


Chef Dean Sheremet has been cooking for as long as he can remember, earning his first culinary chops by working alongside his grandmother, a professional pastry chef in Detroit. After graduating at the top of his class from the French Culinary Institute, Dean joined the kitchen of celebrity hotspot Nobu 57 and subsequently earned a spot in one of the most coveted kitchens in the world, at the 3-star Michelin restaurant Jean Georges. Today Dean combines his love for food and entertaining as a culinary personality who contributes recipes and tips regularly on television and in print media. Dean also gives back, and is a proud Chef Partner and healthy living advocate for Wellness in the Schools. Dean describes his work with WITS this way:

"I'm so thrilled to be a Chef Partner with Wellness in the Schools. After attending the beautiful (and delicious) WITS gala last year, I couldn't wait to jump in and be a part of the change.

I recently had my first harvest and WITS Cafe Day at PS 333. It was encouraging to see how knowledgeable the kids were and how receptive they are to learn something new. Unfortunately, the phenomenal culture of health and wellness at PS 333 is not the norm in NYC nor throughout our country.

Just up the block the poverty rates reach almost 80 percent and the options for quality food and education are greatly diminished. Earlier this year I assisted a WITS Lab that involved a lesson about greens and more specifically, spinach. I was taken back when I asked the class if anyone knew who Popeye was. They all answered at once 'Yeah, that chicken guy!' Obviously, we've only scratched the surface.

Healthy food is a right, not a privilege, but there's still more hard work ahead before that message becomes a reality. I'm up to the task and I'm so excited to have joined forces with WITS to help educate the next healthy generation."

Check out Chef Dean's recipe for White Bean Chicken Chili here