Who We Are

Jr Iron Chef VT began as a collaborative effort between Vermont FEED and the Burlington School Food Project. The Jr Iron Chef VT 2017 Planning Committee is: Abbie Nelson, Amy Gifford, Bonnie Acker, Betsy Rosenbluth, and Kerrie Mathes. 

Event Coordinator

Amy Gifford

Amy has spent the past 16 years working in the field of school food transformation. As an Education Specialist with National Gardening Association she developed curriculum, published educational guides and traveled the country leading professional development programs on school gardening. As a farm to school coordinator and consultant she has worked with multiple schools, sourcing local food and fostering educational opportunities for students. Most recently, Amy served as the School Food Programs Coordinator at Vermont FEED where she provided professional development and technical assistance to school nutrition professionals around local purchasing and cooking local food from scratch. 

Kerrie Mathes

Kerrie joins us with a long history in professional cooking, catering, and event planning. She is passionate in her volunteer work in schools with gardening and cooking connecting children to food, nutrition, and sustainability. She lives in Burlington, VT with her husband, two children and cat, Parsnip.

Your Host

Vermont FEED

Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) is a Farm to School program run as a partnership of two Vermont non-profit organizations: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) and Shelburne Farms.  Vermont FEED works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, the role of Vermont farms and farmers, and good nutrition.  We act as a catalyst for rebuilding healthy food systems, and to cultivate links between classrooms, cafeterias, local farms, and communities. For more information, visit the Vermont FEED website.