Meet the Culinary Students Who Are Cooking up Change

May 15, 2012 | Written By:


Across the country, student chefs are cooking up change!

With limited ingredient lists, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, students in Cooking up Change are re-writing the recipe for school food.The contest challenges students to create a great-tasting school lunch that meets nutrition standards on a tight budget, using only ingredients commonly available for school food service.

For the 2011-2012 season, teams from six cities have taken on the challenge: Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville, Santa Ana, St. Louis, and Winston-Salem. Each of these cities hosted a local competition for students studying culinary arts. Now, the winning team from each local competition will travel to Washington, D.C. to face off in the national finals next Monday!

HSC will present the Cooking up Change national finals on Monday, May 21. The U.S. Department of Education in generously hosting the contest!

We're thrilled to introduce these impressive student teams:


Students: Diamonte Baugh, Sheanice Dishmon, Kaliah Hunter, Ciara Lawton, Tytionna Rice, and Jerome Sims
Menu: oven-fried chicken, “Cousins” collard greens & cabbage, and sweet potato salad
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Students: Alismet Andrade Rodriguez, Jessica Gurrola, Libertad Mendivil, and Sanjuana Casillas Chavez
Menu: cheesy chicken pasta baked with vegetable ragu, spinach and carrot muffin with carrot sticks, and a fruit and yogurt parfait
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St. Louis

Students: Rose Bennett and Courtney Wheeler
Menu: lemon pepper chicken and brown rice with caesar salad and berry parfait
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Santa Ana

Students: Ashley Blanco, Alex Hernandez and Ivan Lope
Menu: lemon and spinach chicken with Tuscan bean salad and cinnamon poached pears
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Students: Brianda Hernandez, Maria Jose Gorjon and Jarion Southerland
Menu: chicken and vegetable taco in a whole wheat tortilla with black beans and veggies and a home-style tortilla apple pie
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Students: Ashley Larramore, Hannah Reese and Phillip White
Menu: chicken imoyo wrap, jollof rice, and West African succotash
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Good luck to all these remarkable culinary students as they prepare for the national finals!

After the cooking contest, HSC will host a special reception to celebrate the students' work  . . . and announce the winning team! If you are interested in learning more or attending the reception, please contact Sara Porter by email or at 312-419-1810.

Plus: 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.


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