Congratulations to the Cooking up Change Winning Teams!

November 05, 2010 | Written By:

Student chefs of Richards Career Academy accept their award for first place in the healthy school lunch category

Congratulations to the winning teams from the 2010 Cooking up Change Chicago healthy cooking contest, which HSC hosted yesterday at Salvage One, and to all of the incredible student chefs who created healthy, great-tasting school lunches for the contest.

The level of competition was higher than ever as culinary students presented creative solutions to the challenge of devising school lunches that meet high nutrition standards with the many constraints — from budget to ingredients and preparation steps — of school food service.

The first place team will travel to Washington, DC to present their meal in the great hall of the USDA and see it served to Congress. Closer to home, the winning lunch will be served in all Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools! Winning team members receive a scholarship to Washburne culinary institute plus a trophy for their school.

Congratulations to all the inspiring and impressive student chefs!

First Place: Healthy School Lunch
Richards Career Academy

Menu: Afro-Caribe Plancha, Soup of Sunshine, Caribbean Citrus Crunch Relish

Students: Gerardo Garcia, Ruby Gutierrez, Claudia Ramirez, Lidia Sanchez

Instructors: Mark Soltis and Katy Walsh

Team Mentor: Paul Molina


Second Place: Healthy School Lunch
Clemente Community Academy

Menu: Baked Cajun Veggie Mac N’Cheese with Chicken, WOW! Chopped Salad and Vanilla Yogurt Banana Split

Students: Elizabeth Aguilera, Fernando Alday, Marquita Banks, Miguel Garcia, Arianna Ray, Lilliana Roman

Instructors: Anthony Ladson and Ernestine Maxie

Team Mentor: Joel Cooper


Third Place: Healthy School Lunch
Julian High School

Menu: Latin Chicken Stew, Dos Bean Rice Pilaf, Apple

Students: Devante’ Floyd, Jalen Jenkins, Lillian Kelly, Cheyenne Toney, Darnell Webb

Instructor: Laniecia Anderson

Team Mentor: Brad Newman


Audience Choice: Healthy Cookie
Simeon Career Academy

Thyme-scented lemon cookie

Students: Devon Bussell, Jasmine Cook, Justin Love, Aireal Mays, Olivia Smith, Raven Warford

Instructor: Loretta Johnson

Team Mentor: Guy Dansereau



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