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Haute lunch ladies: Denver chefs infiltrate Denver Public Schools

Vegetable cacciatore? Check.

Lemon roasted chicken with pesto? Consider it done.

While chicken nuggets will likely remain the most popular choice among the elementary school set, cafeteria staff at Denver Public Schools are learning how to prepare finer foods for students who will again fill cafeterias this fall.

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Chefs from Denver restaurants are in the midst of a three-week program with Denver Public Schools called "Back to the Future with Scratch Cooking," which aims "to improve DPS's school meal programs by eliminating more processed food items and cooking with produce from school gardens, when available."

Westword photo intern Johnny Molfetta was at Henry World School this week for its "raw meats class" and brings back these photos. Chef Adam Fisher, formerly of Project Angel Heart, was the visiting chef.

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