10th Anniversary of Cooking up Change

Join us for the 10th anniversary of Cooking up Change, a one-of-a-kind culinary competition and incredible party that supports Healthy Schools Campaign’s work to make schools healthier places where all children can learn and thrive.

About Cooking up Change

Cooking up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that puts student voices front-and-center in the national conversation about school food. With limited ingredients, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, teams of high school culinary students take on a big challenge: Create a delicious, nutritious school lunch that their peers enjoy.

Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago in 2007 to engage students and the broader community in a dialogue about critical changes needed in our nation’s school meal program. Since that time, stronger school food nutrition standards have been implemented, and Cooking up Change students continue to lead the way by re-imagining school meals that are healthy, delicious and fun.

An Event You Don’t Want to Miss

Join us on Nov. 17 for a lively and exciting event that also serves as Healthy Schools Campaign’s annual benefit. The student chefs present their dishes to a panel of esteemed judges, and guests get to taste the students’ delicious recipes and be part of the celebration when the winning teams are announced. The event also includes a silent auction, raffle and photobooth.

Grand Prize Raffle

California Dreamin’

Dream up your ideal California vacation and choose one of three fantastic locations: San Francisco, Los Angeles or Napa Valley. Roundtrip airfare and four-day, three-night accommodations for four included.

Tickets are $50 each or three for $100

Chicago Sponsors








Official Education Partner
Chicago Public Schools CTE Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Scholarship Sponsor 
Washburne Culinary Institute

Advocate Children’s Hospital
Clune Construction Company

Bespoke Commercial Real Estate
BMO Harris Bank
Cristina Foods, Inc.
Perkins + Will

Alper Services LLC
Illinois Association of School Nurses
RATIO Architects

National Sponsors


Gold Sponsor


Official Culinary Partner



Official Travel Partner


National School Nutrition Partner


Silver Sponsor

American Federation of Teachers

Event Leadership

Event Co-Chairs
Triste and Ian Smith

Marion Brooks, Reporter/Anchor, NBC5 News

View the full Host and Benefit Committee list.

Get Involved!

Find out more about sponsoring Cooking up Change or joining our Host and Benefit committees.

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