The Chicago Community Trust Spotlights Cooking up Change and Tilden Culinary Instructor Keith Morris

January 11, 2012

Last year, students studying culinary arts at Tilden High School participated in Healthy Schools Campaign’s Cooking up Change healthy cooking contest. The talented group and their culinary instructor, Keith Morris, were chronicled by The Chicago Community Trust.

In this video, Morris reflects on how valuable the opportunity has been for the students. He says: “Thanks to the Chicago Community Trust and Healthy Schools Campaign, there are contests like this that inspire the students, challenge their creativity, and give them the experience they need to succeed in life.”

 
Tilden High School has participated in Cooking up Change since 2007. In 2009, the students won first place and traveled to Washington D.C. to present their meal at a Congressional briefing on the future of school food. Their journey was featured in the documentary film “Lunch Line.”

At Tilden, the culinary arts and hospitality program prepares students for careers or further education in a field that calls on them to have skills ranging from verbal presentation to mathematics and creative expression. Cooking up Change gives students a chance to practice and showcase those skills while being part of the national dialogue around healthy school food. 

Kudos to all of the remarkable culinary instructors like Keith Morris and the student chefs who bring their talents and passion for culinary arts to Cooking up Change. 

Many thanks to The Chicago Community Trust for their ongoing support and for sharing this story!

Plus: Check out this HSC video of Chef Morris from Cooking up Change 2010!