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Chef Carla Hall from NBC’s The Chew and Bravo TV’s latest Top Chef winner, Nicholas Elmi,have joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to show kids the important connection between MATH, culinary skill and healthy eating.

In Scholastic’s latest Math@Work webisode (http://bcove.me/bkfq28rl), Chef Carla Hall challenges three students from the New York Food and Finance High School to show off their math chops by using measurement conversions and basic arithmetic to create the following healthy and delicious recipes:

  • Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille
  • Grilled Turkey Paillards with Strawberry-Pomegranate Relish
  • Chocolate-Raspberry Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Ganache Icing

First Lady Michelle Obama has recorded a special message for the students, and Chef Nicholas Elmi critiques each dish Top Chef style.

Scholastic Releases Second Webisode of Math@Work™ Video Series Connecting Math to 21st Century Careers

NEW YORK, NY—April 29, 2014—Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL) at 1 p.m. today released “Math@Work™: Math Meets Culinary Arts,” the second episode in a web series for students, designed to connect classroom learning to exciting careers that students aspire to.

In the 30-minute Math@Work: Math Meets Culinary Arts webisode,The Chew’s Carla Hall and the newest winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, Nicholas Elmi, challenge three New York City high school students to create healthy dishes that can easily be served in school cafeterias across the country. Filmed at the Institute of Culinary Education, the students solve math problems and discover how math plays a critical role in planning and cooking healthy meals.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Sam Kass, White House Chef and Executive Director of the Let’s Move! initiative, also make an appearance in the webisode with a message to students across the country on the importance of eating healthy and cooking healthy.

The Math@Work: Math Meets Culinary Arts webisode is available on the Scholastic Mathematics website at:www.scholastic.com/mathematics.

As co-host on The Chew and author of Carla's Comfort Foods, I am committed to the idea of health and balance in everyday life,” said Carla Hall. “It brings me great pleasure to be a part of the Scholastic Math@Work web series to show students how math is a key ingredient to cooking healthy and delicious meals".

“I apply mathematical skills every single day when I am in the kitchen, whether I am converting recipes or running a business,” said Nicholas Elmi.

From the creators of MATH 180™, Scholastic’s revolutionary intervention program designed to build mathematical understanding and confidence for success with algebra, Math@Work aims to show students in grades 5 and up why math is important beyond the classroom and essential for 21st Century careers

. EachMath@Work webisode is paired with lessons that will facilitate mathematical discussions and problem solving.

All kids have career ambitions. Our Math@Work web series shows students how important math is in these careersfrom fashion to the culinary artsand how what they’re learning at school is a stepping stone to their futures,” said Margery Mayer, President of Scholastic Education.

In the premiere webisode released November 14, 2013, “Math@Work: Math Meets Fashion,” Project Runway’s Tim Gunn took three students on a tour of legendary designer Diane von Furstenberg's New York City studio to learn about the mathematical thinking and problem-solving required in fashion design.
For more information about Scholastic, visit our media room at http://mediaroom.scholastic.com.

You can also contact:

Alexandra Wladich
Scholastic Inc.
awladich@scholastic.com
(212) 965-7353

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