Cooking up Change National Finals


Ten cities across the country hosted Cooking up Change contests this season: Chicago, Houston, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Los Angeles, Memphis, Orange County, Orlando, Wichita and Winston-Salem. Winners from each city traveled to Washington, D.C. for the national finals on June 9, 2014 and raised their voices for healthy school food at a legislative briefing.

About Cooking up Change


Cooking up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that puts student voices front-and-center in the national dialogue about school food. With limited ingredients, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, teams of high school culinary students take on a big challenge: create a delicious, nutritious school lunch for about $1 per meal.

In addition to spotlighting remarkable student talent, Cooking up Change brings attention to the challenges of serving fresh, healthy school meals and the need for reform in our school food system.

Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago in 2007 to engage student chefs and the broader community in a dialogue about critical changes needed in our nation’s school meal program.

Read more about students changing the
future of school food on our blog.

Save the Date!


Cooking up Change Chicago

October 30, 2014

Join us at the Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center for a vibrant culinary competition judged by Chicago’s leading chefs and a dynamic benefit for Healthy Schools Campaign.

Save the date for the 2014 event and learn more about the 2013 Chicago contest.

Impact of the 2012-2013 Season


National Honorary Co-Chairs


We are thrilled that Karen Duncan, Christopher G. Kennedy and Amy Rule are serving as National Honorary Co-Chairs of Cooking up Change. These wonderful leaders bring a unique and powerful voice to promoting healthy eating for all students.

“I am happy to be working with these students to help make their vision for school food a reality in their schools and in schools across the nation.”
Karen Duncan, Wife of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

“I admire their dedication and passion to make a difference in their own lives and their fellow students’ lives.”
Christopher G. Kennedy, Founder of Top Box Foods

“From the kitchen to the classroom, Cooking up Change empowers students to take an active role in their health and wellness.”
Amy Rule, First Lady of the City of Chicago

National Sponsors


Contact Sara Porter to learn how you can support Cooking up Change!

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