We’re Cooking up Change — Join Us!

May 30, 2013

During the next two weeks, we will be bringing you all the Cooking up Change action on our blog and introducing you to the amazing judges, sponsors and, most importantly, student chefs making this happen.

On June 10, the hottest place to dine in Washington, D.C. will be the Department of Education. Eight teams of high school students from around the country will chop, slice and serve up their vision for healthy, delicious school food as part of the Cooking up Change® healthy cooking contest national finals. During the next two weeks, we will be bringing you all the Cooking up Change action on our blog and introducing you to the amazing judges, sponsors and, most importantly, student chefs making this happen.

You’ll have a chance to revisit these remarkable teams from Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Orange County, St. Louis and Winston-Salem and hear their stories. Each student has a personal reason to champion healthy food, whether it’s wanting to make changes at home and in their health, as with Leo from Chicago, or wanting to help a little brother navigate food allergies and dietary issues, like Anna from Winston-Salem. These inspiring student chefs are excited to bring their passion, drive and message to DC, and we hope you will stay tuned for their journey.

While celebrating student ingenuity, the contest brings the student voice to the national dialogue about healthy school food. The day after the contest, student chefs will head to Capitol Hill to take part in a congressional briefing and advocate for more investment in school kitchen facilities. The students also will have the opportunity to serve one menu item from their meal at the Longworth Cafeteria, where legislators eat their lunch. We’re asking our friends to “Invite their Legislators to Lunch” to try the food and be part of that  conversation.

Check back here every day beginning next Monday, June 3, for more Cooking up Change content. You can also stay posted and be part of the conversation on our Facebook page, and follow the #CookingupChange tag on Twitter for contest updates, photos and to cheer on your teams!

We’re Cooking up Change, and we hope you will join us!