Chef Partners

Meet our Chef Partners. They are the
special sauce of our Cook for Kids program.

WITS Program Manager/Chef Rebecca Johnson and Chef Ivan Beacco at PS85, Bronx, NY


Chef Ivan Beacco has been a steadfast partner to Wellness in the Schools for many years, bringing joy to so many students and this past December being our first New York City chef partner in a school post-COVID. Students in past WITS Labs have loved hearing Chef Ivan’s tips and anecdotes about ways to enjoy more fruits and vegetables — and the kitchen staff and administration have also been touched by his dedication to education and improving the food served in public schools. A lover of local, organic food and authentic Italian techniques, he constantly seeks to expand his culinary knowledge while sharing his passion with those around him. Thank you to Chef Ivan for inspiring so many.