Welcoming Aramark’s Executive Chef as a Cooking up Change Judge

  • November 13, 2018
Aramark Executive Chef Michael Watz

We’re so honored to have Aramark as our Presenting sponsor for Cooking up Change. We could not pull off this contest without their support.

We’re also honored to welcome Aramark Executive Chef Michael Watz to our judging panel this year. This group includes chefs, students, partners and more and is such an important part of Cooking up Change.

Watz is looking forward to seeing the work the student chefs have put in. “Cooking up Change highlights a hands-on approach to healthy ingredient preparation; portion control; balance of ingredients, colors and textures; and cost control,” he says. “Students participating in the event will better understand how to creatively use traditional culinary-based techniques to prepare healthy, alternative recipes.”

He also understands the importance of giving students a voice in what’s served at their schools. “It’s important to engage the students and understand what they like and dislike in their school meals,” he says. “Cooking up Change gives us the opportunity to learn from the culinary students what flavors and menu items students are interested in.”

If you’re in Chicago, join us on Nov. 14 to see just how meaningful this experience is. You’ll be able to chat with the student chefs, taste their incredible food and celebrate with us as we announce the winners. If you’re not in Chicago, you can still support Cooking up Change by making a donation or purchasing grand raffle tickets.

And thank you to all our supporters, including Chicago Presenting Sponsor, Aramark; Champions EnvirOx and School Health Corporation; Official Beverage Partner, Goose Island; Culinary Scholarship Sponsor, Washburne Culinary Institute; Official Education Partner, Chicago Public Schools CTE Culinary Arts Program; Leaders Clune Construction Company and Lettuce Entertain You; Partners, Cristina Foods, FIG Catering & Drinks, Kellogg’s Specialty Channels and Perkins + Will; and Advocates, Alper Services, Heartfelt Catering, Hilda’s Kitchen, Illinois Association of School Nurses and Shamrok Event Services. We’d also like to thank our National Sponsors: Official Travel Partner, Southwest; and Official Culinary Partner, James Beard Foundation.