Video Spotlight: ‘Cooking up Change has Changed My Life’

October 14, 2010

Cooking and sharing healthy food forges vital, caring connections with others, says Nyah Griffin, a Cooking up Change contest alumni and current student mentor. She believes that “there's more to our food than just consuming it” — and, she explains, the powerful experience of Cooking up Change helps more and more kids understand this lesson.

Check out her story:


  • 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.
  • Chef Jill Houk, cooking contest co-chair, explains the potential of Cooking up Change to raise awareness, in this short video.