“Cooking from Our Hearts:” Culinary Students Prepare for Cooking up Change National Finals

May 17, 2012

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In just a few days, teams of high school culinary students will bring their passion for cooking and their vision for healthy school food to Washington, D.C. for the Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest national finals. All of these students have won a qualifying competition in their home city with a stellar healthy school lunch they created on a tight budget and with limited ingredients. 

We're always honored to meet students with such creativity, talent and passion for creating healthy school food. Today, we're happy to share some of the students' own words on what they have learned so far from Cooking up Change and how they are looking ahead to the finals:

“We’ll keep cooking from our hearts and believing we can make it anywhere.”
     Sheanice, student chef, Chicago

“The competition changed my view of healthy foods because it has opened my eyes to explore new things.”
     Alismet, student chef, Denver

“I wanted the chance to be heard, to show people what we are capable of.”
     Ashley, student chef, Jacksonville

“It’s a blessing to know that my vocation for cooking will make a change in my community.”
     Alex, student chef, Santa Ana

“The healthier you are, the better. It’s important to stay healthy.”
     Courtney, student chef, St. Louis

“We all need energy, to be fit and to concentrate at school. Education is the number one thing—you need a nutritious meal to be able to focus.”
     Maria, student chef, Winston-Salem

Kudos to all the student chefs!

Plus: Check out video and hear personal stories from Cooking up Change alums here

Many thanks to the generous sponsors for Cooking up Change! The Cooking up Change National Healthy Cooking Contest is generously sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Chartwells School Dining Services; Silver Sponsors American Federation of Teachers, and T-Fal; Official Travel Partner Southwest Airlines; and Official Culinary Partner James Beard Foundation. The contest is hosted by the United States Department of Education. Special thanks to Hooray Purée, whose contribution supports the students’ stay in Washington, DC for the contest.