These top Miami chefs gave lunch ladies a break for a day

Miami chefs Aaron Brooks, (left to right), Clark Bowen and Michael Schwartz joined executive chef Bill Telepan of the Wellness in the Schools program at Charles Drew elementary on March 22 to teach elementary school children to eat healthier.Jackie Sayet

School lunches may never be the same.

Big-name Miami chefs spent Wednesday morning teaching children at Liberty City’s Charles R. Drew elementary about nutrition and demonstrating recipes they can make at home with their families.

Charles Drew elementary students tasted different kinds of salads made by top Miami chefs during a Wellness in the Schools program on March 21.Jackie Sayet

The chefs, Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak and Bar in the Four Seasons, Brickell), Michael Schwartz (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Fi’lia, Harry’s Pizzeria), Clark Bowen (db Bistro Moderne) all helped prepare salads and brought their own dressings (and recipes) to share. The event was part of Wellness in the Schools, a national program that teaches children how to eat better and to make simple dishes.

The chefs also showed off culinary gardens they sponsor at Charles R. Drew, through the Wellness in the Schools program. Representatives of the program have been working with select South Florida schools for the past year, setting up occasional in-school events where they teach simple recipes, such as homemade pasta sauce. Often, they use ingredients grown in these school gardens.