Marshall Metropolitan High School won the Cooking up Change competition, out of 16 Chicago public high schools. Healthy Schools Campaign’s Annual Fundraiser, Cooking up Change, was held at the Bridgeport Arts Center October 30, 2014. The Winning Meal will be served at All CPS Schools Next Semester!
“Cooking up Change is an exciting competition that puts student voices front and center in the conversation about school food,” said Rochelle Davis, president and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign. “A healthy meal has a direct impact on students’ success in the classroom. Cooking up Change is an opportunity for students to be part of that dialogue, and to speak up about the importance of healthy meals that fuel their learning and lifelong health.”
Participants are enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Career and Technical Education (CTE) Culinary program, which focuses on professional food preparation and restaurant management. The student chefs create their meals over a period of weeks, refining the ingredients and nutrition content to meet their tastes and contest requirements. While the meals are their own, they work under the guidance of their culinary instructors and professional mentor chefs from the community. Through Cooking up Change, students achieve academic credit while gaining valuable real world experience.
“Students aren’t just learning how to cook, they’re gaining a better understanding of nutrition, health and wellness. And it’s an opportunity for them to inform the menu. At the end of the day, kids are looking for flavor,” said Leslie Fowler, director of nutrition support services at CPS.
The winning team will have their meal added to the CPS menu and served across the entire 400,000-student district. In June, the winning team will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Cooking up Change national finals against other winning teams from across the country and to take part in a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill about the importance of healthy school food.
Clemente Community Academy
Corliss High School
Curie Metro High School
Dunbar Vocational Career Academy
Fenger Academy High School
Juarez Community Academy
Manley Community Academy
Marshall Metropolitan High School
North-Grand High School
Prosser Career Academy
Richards Career Academy
Roosevelt High School
Simeon Career Academy
Southside Occupational Academy
Vaughn Occupational High School
Washington High School
More Fabulous Photos and an Interview with Rochelle Davis, President and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign coming soon