Cooking up Change

9 June 2014 Winners of their local Cooking up Change contests, competed in Washington, D.C. for the national title.
9 June 2014 Winners of their local Cooking up Change contests, competed in Washington, D.C. for the national title.

Cooking Up Change competition, sponsored by Healthy Schools Campaign which launched the competition in Chicago in 2007 to engage student chefs and the broader community in addressing the critical changes needed in the school meal program.  This year ten cities across the U.S. hosted Cooking up Change contests: Chicago, Houston, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Orange County, Orlando, Wichita and Winston-Salem.  The winners from each city  traveled  to Washington, D.C., for the national finals on June 9 to cook for a national judging panel and to raise their voices for healthy school food. Meet the finalists  and their meals:

  • Chicago Vocational Career Academy (Chicago, IL)

Menu: Curry Chicken, Caribbean Garden Salad, “Plantains”

  • Westside High School (Houston, TX)

Menu: Lonestar Chicken Chili Sub, Grilled Veggies, Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

  • Sandalwood High School (Jacksonville, FL)

Menu: Thai Chicken Wrap, Bleu Slaw, Grilled Pineapple Yogurt Shortcake

  • Metropolitan Career-Technical Center (Little Rock, AR)

Menu: Chicken Flatbread Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Yogurt Parfait

  • Manual Arts High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Menu: BBQ Chicken Pizza, Spicy Bean Dip, Tropical “C” Burst

  • Memphis Health Careers Academy (Memphis, TN)

Menu: Spicy Chicken Tortilla Wrap, Baked Potato with Sautéed Veggies, Exotic Island Pears

  • Valley High School (Orange County, CA) The winners of the 2014 Cooking up Change!

Menu: Kickin’ Taco, Zesta Fiesta Salad, Yummy Tummy Bananas

  • Westside Tech Center (Orlando, FL)

Menu: Beef Empanadas, Tex Mex Fries, Fruit Salad

  • West High School (Wichita, KS)

Menu: Buffalo Mac & Cheese, Special Veggie Coleslaw, Pear Crisp with Granola

  • Career Center (Winston-Salem, NC)

Menu: The Best Chicken Stir Fry, Veggie Boost, Super Stewed Apples