Congratulations to Our Student Chefs!

November 08, 2013

The winners of Cooking up Change 2013 in Chicago!

Yesterday, HSC launched Cooking up Change’s national season in Chicago — a wonderful night filled with good food, good fun and lots of great conversation.

And our first-place winner is….

Chicago Vocational Career Academy (CVCA)!

Their winning meal:

  • Curry Chicken
  • Caribbean Garden Salad
  • “Plantains”

The team:

Culinary Students: Elira Campbell, Lina Jones, Shawlaun Kelly, Mallory Montgomery
Culinary Instructors: David Fuller, Gloria Simpson
Mentor: Monica Hayes, Tasteful Manners

Student chefs faced a tough challenge in creating this meal, using real-world ingredient lists and cost limits. The CVCA team will be going on to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. this spring.

Other amazing winners include…

Best Presentation – Simeon Career Academy

Culinary Students: Kirsten Colbert, Darrell Crawford, Ruthie Elridge, Deshonia Garrett, Justin Purnell
Culinary Instructor: Loretta Johnson
Mentor: Kimberly Kirchner, The Chopping Block

Third Place – Roosevelt High School

Culinary Students: Dion Bell, Norberto Flores, Daisy Gomez, Jamine Huerta, Aaron Lofton, Juan Zavala
Culinary Instructors: Michael Marren, Matt Satow
Mentor: Renee Gabet, Sur la Table

Second Place – Prosser Career Academy

Culinary Students: Kwan Brown, Miriam Chavez, Richard Dominquez, Itzel Flores, Christian Popoca, Anabel Ruiz
Culinary Instructor: David Kulasik
Mentor: Mickey Neeley, Scofflaw

HSC sends huge congratulations to CVCA and all of the hard-working student chefs who made the night a success!

Check back next week for more on Cooking up Change in Chicago.

Thank you, from all of us at HSC, to everyone who made this night a big success — including sponsors, judges, chef mentors, culinary instructors and event leadership.

Were you there? Tweet @healthyschools with #CookingUpChange to tell us your story!