The Kitchen Mentors program gives children in food education programs across the country the opportunity to have unforgettable mentorship experiences with professional chefs from some of Canada's leading restaurants. More about the program These mentorship sessions build on kids' existing food knowledge and allow them to further develop the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to grow, cook, and share healthy food, and become the next generation of Canada's food leaders. Chef Jamie Harling cooks with kids at The Alex Community Food Centre in Calgary. Why does it matter? Research shows that kids who learn food skills and knowledge early in life are more likely to develop healthy eating habits as adults. Empowering kids to choose and prepare healthy food not only helps them in the kitchen, it gives them confidence that contributes to their overall personal development and promotes excellence. Through this program, Canada's leading chefs will share the expertise and leadership skills they've learned with young food leaders who will form this country's next cohort of ffood innovators and leaders. Young cooks learn from Chef Emerie Brine at The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, ON.