Video Spotlight: The Value of Students Creating Meals for Their Peers

November 03, 2010 | Written By:

Cooking up Change competitors face the same cost constraints and ingredient guidelines that school districts work with every day. Bob Bloomer, regional vice president of Chartwells-Thompson Hospitality, says that Cooking up Change provides an opportunity to highlight this challenge while inspiring students to create great new meals for their peers.

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  • Chef Patrick Williams, cooking contest co-chair, says that a good school meal gives kids a fair chance at succeeding in the classroom; here.
  • Dan Lesczcewicz, chef instructor at Tilden Career Academy, talks about the behind-the-scenes look at healthy cooking that kids receive through Cooking up Change; here.
  • Chef Tim Reardon at The Dannon Company, gold sponsor of Cooking up Change, says he’s proud to see that HSC’s mission aligns with Dannon’s; here
  • Chef Stephen Menyhard explains why Cooking up Change is “a phenomenal experience”; here.
  • Student Aljibri Reed says winning Cooking up Change allowed him to see his team make a real impact; here.
  • Nyah Griffin, a contest alumni and current student mentor gives her perspective on the powerful experience of Cooking up Change; here.
  • 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.

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