Chef Ann Cooper is an internationally recognized author, chef, educator, public speaker, and advocate of healthy food for all children. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Ann has been a chef for more than 40 years, over 20 of those in school food programs. In a nation where kids are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents due to diet-related disease, Chef Ann has been a constant champion of school food reform as an important avenue through which to improve childhood nutrition.
Ann expanded her commitment to improving school food in 2009 by establishing the Chef Ann Foundation (CAF), with a mission dedicated to empowering schools nationwide with tools, training, resources, and funding needed to serve healthy, whole-food-based meals.
Also known as the “Renegade Lunch Lady,” Chef Ann is the former Director of Food Services for Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado (11 years), and Food Services Director of Berkeley Unified School District in Berkeley, California (5 years). Via Lunch Lessons, Chef Ann has worked with Chef Beth to provide consulting services to school districts with a desire to innovate their foodservice programs for the last 15 years. Chef Ann is currently based out of Grand Junction, Colorado.