SUNY Oneonta has launched a new meal kit program called RED CHEF that provides students with ingredients and recipes to cook nutritious meals in their residence halls or apartments.
Here’s how it works: Students pick up a RED CHEF container from MyKitchen in Mills Dining Hall. Inside the container, they’ll find a number of items – prepped ingredients, recipe cards with step-by-step cooking instructions and nutrition facts for each meal. From there, they can take the container back to their residence hall or apartment to cook or they can stay and cook the meal at MyKitchen.
RED CHEF is Sodexo’s first ingredient-and-recipe meal kit program, and it’s exclusively offered at SUNY Oneonta. The program offers two meal boxes per week to choose from, and each meal includes a protein, vegetable and grain component, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten–free options available.
The goal of RED CHEF is to promote the art of cooking, according to Jimmy Hamm, general manager of SUNY Oneonta’s Dining Services.
“The program was designed with all students in mind,” Hamm said, “both those who are knowledgeable in the kitchen and those who don’t have any cooking experience.”
Students on the Resident Dining Plan can use RED CHEF up to five times a week as part of the takeout program. Students using the On-The-Go plan can purchase a RED CHEF meal as often as they like by paying the dinner door price.
A RED CHEF Cooking Set – which includes utensils, a whisk, spatula, oven mitt, thermometer, colander and cutting board – is available to purchase at Mills Marketplace, for students who don’t have these items. Students interested in learning cooking tips and tricks can sign up for cooking classes at MyKitchen.
RED CHEF meal boxes are available Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.