Champions of Change

Steven Jayson

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In February of 2011 a call was put out to the culinary community in Central Florida about a worthwhile initiative from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign called, “Chefs Move to Schools.” When the Executive Chef and Vice President of Universal Orlando Resort, Steve Jayson, heard the call he answered with a resounding, “What can we do?” Steve Jayson and several of the other chefs at the resort partnered with local schools in Central Florida, the tenth largest school district in the nation, to create more nutritionally balanced food options for school-age children to enjoy in their cafeterias.

Steve Jayson began his culinary career in high school and has been the Executive Chef at Universal Orlando for more than 21 years. Steve has worked hard to promote the prestige and positive public image of the foodservice industry. As a member and past president of the American Culinary Federation (ACF), Jayson has won several awards and helped gain national recognition for the foodservice industry.

Steve Jayson is dedicated to displaying culinary integrity and character at its highest level. He works hard to motivate himself and others to continue to learn and to meet the challenges of new industry ideas and trends, to appreciate, honor and respect the past and the industry’s founders and to continue to project the culinary profession as one of the most respected and leading occupations in America.

Steve is married to his wife Anna and together they have a 13 year old son, Christopher.

About Chefs & Let's Move!

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

One of Let’s Move! initiatives is The Chefs Move to Schools program, which helps chefs partner with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budgets, while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices.

Chefs can have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of children by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. By creating healthy dishes that are also delicious, chefs have a unique ability to make good nutrition fun and appealing.

Learn how you can get involved in the effort to keep our kids healthy at LetsMove.gov.

Chefs who are interested in contributing their expertise to their community can get involved in the Chefs Move to Schools initiative.

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