Video Spotlight: Cooking Up Change in One Word? ‘Awesome’

October 12, 2010

Cari Smith, a member of the winning 2009 Cooking up Change team from Tilden Career Academy, says that Cooking up Change was a life-changing experience. She and her family have continued eating healthier than before. And she has experienced something unforgettable — the power of spreading new ideas.

Check out her story here:

(Cari also recently appeared on Chicago’s WGN with the filmmakers behind the school food documentary Lunch Line!)


  • 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.
  • Contest alum and mentor Nyah Griffin explains her own powerful experience with Cooking up Change in this short video.