Mark your calendars, gather your friends and get someone to figure out how to program your DVR. School chefs are returning to the set of “Chopped” for another heart-pounding and heartwarming competition! That’s right! Last year’s “Class Acts” episode of the Food Network reality competition was so popular, the producers have invited an all-new group of school chefs to show America the professionalism and passion of these unsung kitchen heroes. The Food Network has announced that the follow-up episode, “Class Acts, Too,” will air on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at 10 p.m. (Eastern) and 9 p.m. (Central). If you caught the original episode, which aired last fall, you know what a special showcase this was for school nutrition professionals at all levels who have dedicated their lives to feeding children nutritious and delicious meals. The full scope of the boost that this show gave to frontline cafeteria staff cannot be measured, but the original four competitors can attest to how the show changed their own lives—and they did just that in the pages of this magazine (“Head of the Class,” June/July 2012) and at a special surprise appearance at this year’s Annual National Conference in Denver (“Summit of Success,” page 33). That’s why SNA is encouraging all of its members not to miss the school chef-focused episode airing this month! Watching “Class Acts, Too” with your staff and coworkers has the potential to be a terrific team-building activity—and publicizing the show to those in your community is an unparalleled p.r. opportunity for the start of the new school year. The episode promises to once again highlight the critical role that school cafeterias play in offering hungry children a nutrition safety net and to demonstrate the creativity and expertise demonstrated by school chefs on the job every day. Airing during National Hunger Month, the “Class Acts, Too” episode will feature public service ads (PSA) from both SNA and Share Our Strength. SNA’s 30-second PSA will focus on asking “Chopped” viewers to take a new look at the changing face of school meals. Make sure you take advantage of this terrific opportunity to share the true stories of school nutrition with your family, friends and everyone in your community! Publicize the air date and time—and go a few steps further. Organize a “viewing party” on September 25 or sometime within the week. SNA is providing tips to help you coordinate a fun group event; you’ll find these online at www.schoolnutrition.org/chopped. We’ll also give you a forum to share your first impressions, photos from your viewing party and more through our Facebook page “After Party.” Need another incentive? SNA and the Food Network have teamed up to offer viewers their own taste of “competition.” Check out the details about the “Chopped” Scavenger Hunt on the opposite page to watch and win. Don’t be left out of the loop when coworkers, teachers and even students ask: “Did you watch ‘Chopped’ last night?” You will want to be able to answer: “You bet, and I’m so proud to be a school chef today!” WATCH TUESDAY September 25 10 p.m. (Eastern) 9 p.m. (Central)
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