You're the Chef

Do you have a passion for nutrition, cooking and teaching others?

Looking for leadership experience in your community?

Become a ‘You’re the Chef’ Leader!

What is ‘You’re the Chef’?

‘You’re the Chef’ (YTC) is a cooking program designed to develop the skills and confidence that a person needs to prepare healthy and tasty recipes safely.  The program is based on a train-the-trainer model. This means that we give interested leaders like you all of the information and tools needed to then run your own cooking program back at your agency or with your community group.  Registered Dietitians from Southwestern Public Health are currently recruiting community volunteers from schools and interested agencies to teach children, youth and adults to get excited about cooking.

During a 4-hour Training Session, Leaders Will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of how to teach others to be food safe;
  • Increase their nutrition-related knowledge and skills;
  • Learn great food budgeting tricks;
  • Learn how to plan and implement engaging cooking sessions that will appeal to others through hands-on cooking and tasting.
  • Receive access to a training manual containing instructions and forms needed to run your own program;
  • Receive a certificate of completion;
  • Have fun!

YTC can run in schools or community agencies, and can be customized to suit the needs of your participants and your host school or agency.

Aspiring chefs, health care professionals, student leaders, volunteer agencies, or community members are all welcome to take the training!

What Have Others Said About YTC?

Here are some responses we have heard from our program evaluation:

 “It was a wonderful and positive evening.”

“The teacher was great and provided lots of good information. The sessions were comfortable, friendly, and helpful.”

“I enjoyed the small group size.”

“Session was extremely helpful and I will be able to use what I have learned immediately.”


Training is free.

Trained leaders will need to cover the cost of leading their own school or community programs. 

Training Programs for 2018

There are two types of leader training programs each tailored to providing the program to different age groups.

You can either become a “Child & Youth YTC leader” or an “Adult YTC leader.”

To Become a YTC Leader:                                                                    

Details coming in 2019.


For more information or to register, please contact us at or call us at 1-800-922-0096.

We’d love to speak with you about any questions you may have or to sign you up.  Thank you for your interest in YTC!

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Last Updated: July 12, 2017