What’s cooking for World Food Day?

On Tuesday, October 16th, ONE members will send a message to US leaders to make commitments to reduce chronic malnutrition for 25 million children. We’re encouraging ONE members, staff, volunteers… everyone to send a message at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT to tell leaders to put nutrition on the agenda. And, if you’re at one of our flagship events in six select US cities, you can feast on tasty sweet potato dishes from some of the top celebrity chefs in the country.

ONE is honored to be working with these outstanding chefs at our World Food Day events. ONE organizers have been working around the clock to host six truly spectacular events for ONE members to meet a celebrity chef, eat a great dish, learn more about the sweet potato campaign, and tweet our message. So, if you’re in New York City, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Des Moines, Denver, or San Francisco, you can come eat, tweet and turn up the heat on our message.

Here’s a look at the chefs who will be cooking sweet potato dishes and helping us spread our message on World Food Day:

New York City
Sam Talbot is the host AOL’s GMC “Trade Secrets” and author of The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries. He is the former Executive Chef of both The Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York and Imperial No. Nine, the sustainable seafood restaurant located in the Mondrian Soho Hotel in New York City. Sam was a semi-finalist on Bravo’s acclaimed series Top Chef and voted the viewers “Fan Favorite” for the season. Click here to RSVP.

Washington, DC
Spike Mendelsohn runs We, the Pizza and Good Stuff eatery in Washington, DC and will soon open the Bearnaise Restaurant. Mendelsohn also stars of the Bravo TV series Life After Top Chef. Mendelsohn was a contestant and judge on two different seasons of Top Chef. Click here to RSVP.

Atlanta
Hugh Acheson is the author of A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen and chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia, restaurants Five and Ten and The National, and the Atlanta restaurant Empire State South. Acheson was on season 3 of Top Chef Masters and is currently a judge on the show. Click here to RSVP.

Denver
Hosea Rosenberg was the winner of season five of Top Chef and currently operates Blackbelly Catering. Rosenberg was executive chef at Jax Fish House from 2004 to 2010. Click here to RSVP.

Des Moines
Sean Wilson & Hal Jasa are chefs behind Proof, one of the top restaurants in Des Moines. Des Moines is host to the World Food prize on Wednesday, October 17. Click here to RSVP.

San Francisco
Mindi Canner and Kate Kuckro from Sweet Construction Bakery — a local food truck — will serve some morning confections, muffins, and sweets at ING Direct Cafe. Sweet Constructions was named to 2011 SF Weekly Best of 2011: Best Dishes Worth Hunting Down. Click here to RSVP.

If you’re not in one of our six flagship cities, then you can still take action on World Food Day by visiting our Recipe 4 Change page and download our toolkit. You can make some of your own sweet potato treats with recipes from our Tumblr blog and sign our nutrition petition. Watch our blog next week as share stories and photos from our big events.