Above the left-field bleachers, in the kitchen of the Audi Yankees Club, 15 students from the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice greeted a special visitor to their weekly culinary workshop.
British chef and television personality Jamie Oliver paid a visit to Yankee Stadium on Friday to get a glimpse of the Yankees’ Healthy Home Plate program, which provides a month-long after-school activity for local children to learn how to eat healthy and cook nutritious dishes from some of Legends Hospitality’s finest cooks.
“What I’m trying to do, mate, is I believe that sports organizations can do a lot more,” Oliver said. “I believe they can do a lot better. I believe they’re not doing enough yet. So I reached out to the Yankees, because they’ve already got some programs going on, and I wanted to come and see it. I wanted to sort of say, ‘Well done for doing what you’re doing.’”
The program started when Brian Smith, the Yankees’ senior vice president of corporate and community relations, reached out to the grocery-store corporation Stop & Shop and New York-based nutrition experts Nourishing USA about a special program for children that would take place inside Yankee Stadium under the guidance of experts from the club’s food service.