Chef brings agriculture into South Delta Secondary classroom

Gerald Worobetz receives Outstanding Teacher Award from B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation

The B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation announced this week that chef Gerald Worobetz is the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award.

The award was presented to the South Delta Secondary teacher for demonstrating outstanding leadership and innovation in agriculture education.

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"Gerald has been an outstanding ambassador for agriculture," said Lindsay Babineau, executive director of the B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. "I can't imagine a better or more deserving person to receive this award."

A chef instructor at SDSS, Worobetz has gone above and beyond to promote Take a Bite of B.C., a foundation program that delivers fresh, local product to secondary school teaching kitchens.

In addition to his work with the program within his school, Worobetz spearheaded a professional development day for chefs participating in the Take a Bite of B.C. program. This event enabled chefs to collaborate and share ideas as well as gain knowledge about cooking with all local ingredients.

Thanks to Worobetz, the professional development day for chefs has now become a model day for the foundation that will continue to be an integral part of the Take a Bite of B.C. program.

The award was presented to Worobetz at this year's Agri-Food Industry Gala by B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation board president Sarah Ryall.

Since 2004, nine awards have been given out.

Previous recipients were acknowledged for their work with Spuds in Tubs, school greenhouse programs and an entire school approach to agriculture education.

The non-profit B.C. Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation works with educators through various programs to bring B.C.'s agriculture to their students.

To learn more, visit www.aitc.ca/bc.

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