Video Spotlight: Cooking up Change Engages Schools & Students in New Ways to Think About Lunch

October 08, 2010

Chef Jill Houk, healthy cooking contest co-chair, believes that Cooking Up Change is a powerful tool to engage schools and communities. It raises awareness of healthy school lunches by giving participants a first-hand look at what it really takes to create a healthy meal on a budget. But just as importantly, the contest raises students' awareness of their own abilities as they experience the power of working toward a goal and making a difference. 

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  • Chef David Blackmon, CPS program coordinator for culinary arts and hospitality, discusses the ways that Cooking up Change is about more than food in this short video.
  • Louise Esaian, logistics officer and head of school nutrition for Chicago Public Schools, explains the power of the contest to help schools win, too, in this short video.