Cooking up Change

Cooking up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that challenges high school culinary students to create school meals that meet national standards and taste delicious.

Students are Rewriting the Recipe for School Food

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. Cooking up Change serves up life-changing opportunities, helps students realize their own potential and puts student voices front and center in the national dialogue about school food.

Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago, and more than 2,000 students from 22 cities have participated in local contests since the program started in 2007. The program includes our flagship event in Chicago, where amazing student chefs show off their meals at an event that also serves as Healthy Schools Campaign’s annual benefit, and Cooking up Change National where culinary students from across the country compete in local competitions and a national final competition in Washington, D.C, where they show off their culinary skills and engage with health and education leaders, the culinary community and Congress.

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