HENDERSON — With a new year swiftly approaching, Vance County Cooperative Extension’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is going to provide youth activities and the chance to learn about chefs when the “Chefs Who Changed the World’ class begins.

The program will be held virtually each Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Jan. 21 and continuing through Feb. 25.

The free class, open to any school-aged youth in Granville, Vance and Warren counties, “is designed to incorporate virtual culinary experiences outside of class work” to celebrate Black History month, said Nitasha Kearney, food and nutrition department educator.

“EFNEP is providing an educational experience based on a needs assessment of current diet behaviors,” she said in an email. “The food demonstration will be presented virtually while learning also about food safety, food resource management skills, and food security with Black History education.”

The program will include what she referred to as “food experiences, and engaging activities” to elevate skills. Students will learn about African American chefs who were “great culinary influences for chefs today.” The junior chefs will emulate one of the “iconic chefs” and finish a food demonstration of a recipe designed by that chef, Kearney said.

Chefs that people can learn about during the class are Larry and Jereline Bethune, Abby Fisher, James Hemings, Edna Lewis, Barbara Elaine Smith and Zephyr Wright.

“As an EFNEP educator I am always looking for new and exciting ways to utilize the resources available through N.C. A&T [State University] and N.C. Cooperative Extension to engage our youth and teach new skills to help families overcome barriers to healthy eating and physical activity,” she said.

School-aged youth in Granville, Vance, and Warren counties can register for the event by Jan. 8 so food distribution can be arranged. The 8- to 18-year-olds can sign up to be involved in the class at Chefswhochangedthe world.eventbrite.com.