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March 9, 2016
MEDIA ALERT: Fenway High Students to compete in Project Bread's Iron Chef Competition during National School Breakfast Week

WHAT: Project Bread’s Chefs in School (CIS) and Child Nutrition Outreach Program (CNOP) are hosting an Iron Chef competition in celebration of National School Breakfast Week at the Fenway High School.  Two teams of Fenway High School students will compete against each other and the team of Ellen Parker, executive director at Project Bread, and Pam Trefler of the Trefler Foundation, for the prize of best breakfast item. The breakfast item will be judged on food quality, replicability, and presentation.

WHEN:      Wednesday March 9th 2016 2:30 to 3:30pm


  • Joanne Chang, Chef/Owner of Myers and Chang; Pastry Chef/Owner, Flour Bakery 
  • Ellen Parker, Executive Director, Project Bread
  • Robert Leshin, Acting Executive Director for the Office for Nutrition, Health & Safety at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 
  • Pam Trefler, Founding and Managing Director of Union and Fifth
  • Deborah Ventricelli, Deputy Director, Food and Nutrition Services at Boston Public Schools
  • Guy Koppe, Project Bread Chef

WHY: National School Breakfast Week is an opportunity to highlight the importance of school breakfast and celebrate the good work being done in school breakfast programs throughout the nation. In Massachusetts, Project Bread’s first-in-the-nation state funded Chefs-in-School program (CIS) has been at work in Fenway High School throughout the year training the school nutrition staff on culinary, presentation, and marketing skills to help districts prepare and promote nutritious, kid-friendly, USDA approved foods. The Iron Chef Competition is not only a celebration of the innovative work being done at Fenway, but an event highlighting the links between eating a nutritious school breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

Fenway High School Cafeteria
67 Alleghany St., Boston, MA 02120

Samantha Bennett, 617-239-2578

Project Bread is the only statewide anti-hunger organization committed to providing people of all ages, cultures, and walks of life with sustainable, reliable access to nutritious food in Massachusetts. From community-based meal programs, to early childhood and school nutrition initiatives, to improved access to farm-to-table resources, Project Bread approaches hunger as a complex problem with multiple solutions. With funds raised through The Walk for Hunger, the oldest continual pledge Walk in the country, and other sources, Project Bread pioneers innovative initiatives and supports effective programs to eradicate hunger in Massachusetts. For more information, visit,, or

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