Students are rewriting the recipe for school food.
Student chefs from cities across the country will travel to Washington, D.C., to show off their culinary skills and bring their voices front and center in the national debate about school food.
These students are proving it’s possible to create delicious schools meals that meet high standards. In fact, it’s exactly what we ask of them in our annual Cooking up Change competition. Cooking up Change challenges high school culinary students to create healthy, great-tasting meals that meet the real-life requirements of the national school meal program and that fellow students will enjoy.
Talented students have earned their way to the Cooking up Change National Finals by winning local competitions in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Orange County and Troy, Alabama. While in the nation’s capital, they will engage in a cook-off that will determine the Cooking up Change national champion. But more importantly, the students will show national leaders and decision-makers that school food can taste great, and be great for you.
We will be livestreaming the winning announcement at 5 p.m. Eastern time.
Meet the Finalists
Autasia, La Ryan and Taya
Chicken Quesadilla, Pico de Gallo, Apple DeLites
Itzel, Jasalyn, Jerimah, Jose, Naomi and Yesenia
Arroz con Pollo Tazon, Zanahorias Rostizadas Relish and Pear Crisp
Alexia, Ana and Sydney
Tejano Fiesta Bowl, Roasted Broccoli and Slice of Spice
Esteven, Jordyn and Roberto
Zucchini Pasta with Cajun Chicken, Pinto Bean & Tomato Soup and Bananas & Yogurt
Fernanda, Miguel and Wendy
Chinese Orange Chicken, Spicy Thai Slaw, Momo Otsu Mugi
Jaleigh and Rayvion
Tuscan Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Mashed Potatoes, and Apple Crisp
Panel of Judges
Dr. Emily Atwood
Pediatric Resident, Children’s National Medical Center
Senior Policy Associate, National Association of State Boards of Education
Board Chair, Higher Achievement
Manager, Community Affairs & Grassroots, Southwest
Director, Program Policy Development Division, Child Nutrition Programs at Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Executive Chef/Owner, Ris
Manager, Education and Health Policy, National Urban League
Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.), Mission: Readiness
Program Director, School Improvement, Council of Chief State School Officers
Executive Chef, Hazel
Deputy Director, Legislative Affairs, Center for Science in the Public Interest
Project Coordinator, Children’s Programs Department, AASA, The School Superintendents Association
Executive Chef, Rasika
Chief, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, America’s Promise
Director of Field Programs, Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers