Congratulations to the winning teams from the 2010 Cooking up Change Chicago healthy cooking contest, which HSC hosted yesterday at Salvage One, and to all of the incredible student chefs who created healthy, great-tasting school lunches for the contest.
The level of competition was higher than ever as culinary students presented creative solutions to the challenge of devising school lunches that meet high nutrition standards with the many constraints — from budget to ingredients and preparation steps — of school food service.
The first place team will travel to Washington, DC to present their meal in the great hall of the USDA and see it served to Congress. Closer to home, the winning lunch will be served in all Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools! Winning team members receive a scholarship to Washburne culinary institute plus a trophy for their school.
Congratulations to all the inspiring and impressive student chefs!
First Place: Healthy School Lunch
Richards Career Academy
Menu: Afro-Caribe Plancha, Soup of Sunshine, Caribbean Citrus Crunch Relish
Students: Gerardo Garcia, Ruby Gutierrez, Claudia Ramirez, Lidia Sanchez
Instructors: Mark Soltis and Katy Walsh
Team Mentor: Paul Molina
Second Place: Healthy School Lunch
Clemente Community Academy
Menu: Baked Cajun Veggie Mac N’Cheese with Chicken, WOW! Chopped Salad and Vanilla Yogurt Banana Split
Students: Elizabeth Aguilera, Fernando Alday, Marquita Banks, Miguel Garcia, Arianna Ray, Lilliana Roman
Instructors: Anthony Ladson and Ernestine Maxie
Team Mentor: Joel Cooper
Third Place: Healthy School Lunch
Julian High School
Menu: Latin Chicken Stew, Dos Bean Rice Pilaf, Apple
Students: Devante’ Floyd, Jalen Jenkins, Lillian Kelly, Cheyenne Toney, Darnell Webb
Instructor: Laniecia Anderson
Team Mentor: Brad Newman
Audience Choice: Healthy Cookie
Simeon Career Academy
Thyme-scented lemon cookie
Students: Devon Bussell, Jasmine Cook, Justin Love, Aireal Mays, Olivia Smith, Raven Warford
Instructor: Loretta Johnson
Team Mentor: Guy Dansereau
To hear the voices of students, chefs and others involved in Cooking up Change, visit www.cookingupchange.org.