As a school-based program, Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen is implemented in elementary and middle schools around the U.S, with a preference for schools serving middle to low income students from rural, suburban and urban areas. 

Schools selected to become education partners are evaluated on several attributes to determine their ability to adopt and scale the program over time. 


Current School Partners:

Belle Chasse Academy Belle Chasse, LA

Belle Chasse Academy (BCA) is a pre-K through eighth grade public charter school serving over 900 military dependent children from the five parishes of Greater New Orleans. Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen at BCA will allow the school to expand its current gardening program, renovate the existing culinary classroom, complete its hydroponic lettuce system, develop the school’s vegetable production garden, and build an outdoor culinary learning center that will serve as the heart of the school’s infrastructure.


Cunningham Elementary School Austin, TX

Cunningham Elementary School is a pre-K through fifth grade public charter school within Austin Independent School District serving over 400 students with diverse backgrounds. Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen at Cunningham Elementary will allow the school to enhance its current gardening program and renovate one of the school’s existing classrooms into a 1,500-square-foot teaching kitchen. In this space, students’ imaginations and minds will be activated when they interact with the food they have grown using the program’s curriculum which features more than 100 of Chef Emeril’s recipes modified for the classroom

Who is our ideal school partner?

  • 500 – 700 students in size
  • Grades Kindergarten – 8th
  • Existing operational school garden with on-site space to construct a teaching kitchen.
  • At least 12 months of experience with experiential teaching practices.
  • Dedicated development staff member or committee with proven fundraising capabilities.

How to Apply

Applicant must be a 501c3 K-8 public, private or charter school. Consideration will also be given to a school foundation applying on behalf of a non-profit K-8 public, private or charter school if the foundation exists solely to benefit and support the named school on the application.

Interested Schools should submit a letter of interest to Emeril Lagasse Foundation demonstrating its willingness and ability to implement Emeril’s Culinary Garden & Teaching Kitchen. Upon consideration, the foundation will contact qualified schools with further application instructions. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

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