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 2018 Planning Committee is: Abbie Nelson, Betsy Rosenbluth, Kerrie Mathes and Marissa Watson.

Event Coordinator

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.

Marissa Watson

Marissa came to NOFA after falling in love with the Farm to School program in Georgia, where she got her MS in Agricultural Economics. For the past five years, she has worked as a farm manager for two different farms in South Carolina. Her career began in Washington, DC, with National Geographic and Discovery Television. While travelling to produce a television series, she dove into books about organic agriculture, and became hooked on the idea of making fresh food available to children and families. Marissa enjoys working in the community to connect all kinds of people with local, organic food. She lives in Burlington with her pup Wilson, who is always a handful and always ready to play outside.

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.