Shake Shack and Chef Bill Telepan Join Forces to Create the
Wellness in the Schools Mushroom Burger

Originally posted here.

Make room for ‘shroom! Shake Shack Culinary Director Mark Rosati has teamed up with celebrated New York chef Bill Telepan to create the Wellness in the Schools Mushroom Burger, available at the Upper West Side Shake Shack (366 Columbus Avenue, NYC) for one day only on Saturday, April 15th, while supplies last.

The Wellness in the Schools Mushroom Burger ($6.99) is a flat-top griddled mushroom burger topped with swiss cheese, pickled maitake aioli and crispy shallots.

100% of proceeds from the limited-edition burger will benefit Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit that inspires healthy eating and fitness for kids in public schools.

“We’ve been longtime admirers of both Chef Bill Telepan and Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit that does remarkable work for students in NYC and beyond,” said Mark Rosati, Culinary Director at Shake Shack. “Bill and I had a blast collaborating on this delicious and wholesome mushroom burger, and it was even more rewarding knowing that it was all for a great cause.”

“I thank our great friends at Shake Shack for supporting Wellness in the Schools and our work bringing healthy food and fitness to public school kids,” said Bill Telepan, Executive Chef at Wellness in the Schools and Oceana. “We spent a long time perfecting the recipe, and it is an honor to share it with the Upper West Side–at the very place where we began making an impact more than a decade ago.”

About Chef Bill Telepan

Chef Bill Telepan is one of New York’s leaders in sourcing quality ingredients from small farms and local purveyors. He brings to Oceana his commitment to using the finest and freshest ingredients, combined with his classic training and contemporary influences. Telepan was the chef and owner of the critically-acclaimed, Michelin-starred Telepan Restaurant on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and before then worked at Le Cirque, Le Bernardin, Ansonia, and Judson Grill. He also worked under the legendary Chef Alain Chapel in Lyons after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America. Outside of work, Telepan is the Executive Chef of Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit group committed to enriching lunch and recess programs for children in public schools. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

About Wellness in the Schools

Wellness in the Schools (WITS) inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools. Through meaningful public/private partnerships with school leadership, teachers, chefs, coaches, parents and kids, WITS develops and implements programs that provide healthy foods, healthy environments and opportunities for regular play to help kids learn and grow. The WITS curriculum includes “Cook for Kids”, “Green for Kids”, and “Coach for Kids” as hands-on food, environmental, and fitness programs engineered to transform healthy living into an easy-to-replicate lifestyle.