Executive Chef and Owner of Chef Jeff Catering, Jeff Riley, brings energy and passion to Edina High Schools FACS classes each year. Jeff, coordinated and assisted by his daughter Amber, spends an entire day presenting to students during their fruits and vegetables unit about his experience as a chef and demonstrating knife skills. Jeff illustrates how to use cutlery safely to make a tomato skin into a flower, a pepper into a decorative bowl for stuffing and more! He teaches students that we eat with our eyes, and not only are fresh ingredients and tasty combinations key, but food presentation is also a form of art. Being creative with colors to compliment and make an artistic plate is equally as important as flavor. It’s also a great way to use and eat every part of the fruit or vegetable to cut down on waste.
Not only does Chef Jeff have great cooking tips, but also life advice! While demonstrating the tomato skin rose technique, he encouraged students to “keep this cost-effective idea in mind for Valentine’s Day!” Creating your own flowers is a fun way to add a personal touch to a meal or a gift.
Giving back to the community and sharing knowledge with youth is something Chef Jeff and his team are incredibly committed to, and we are very grateful for their continued volunteer support in our classrooms!