Cooking up Change 

Richards' students take first in annual contest

December 07, 2010

Top student chefs competed against each other last month to see who could cook the healthiest school lunch on a $1 budget. The competition was part of the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Opens in a new window icon.  4th annual Cooking up Change contest.

 

Culinary students from fourteen Chicago Public Schools spiced, sautéed and served mouth-watering, yet healthy school lunches at Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard Street. The winning meal will be served throughout CPS. The contest winners will also travel to Washington, D.C. to present their meal at the United States Department of Agriculture.

 

Along with the budgetary constraints, the chefs were limited to using ingredients available to CPS food services and had to meet CPS nutrition standards. The judges for the event included chefs and other food service professionals, fellow students and educators, including Christine Vilsack, wife of current U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

 

And the winners are…

 

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, Illinois Institute of Art

 

Second Place: Healthy School Lunch

Clemente Community Academy

 

Menu:
Baked Cajun Veggie Mac’N’Cheese with Chicken
WOW! Chopped Salad
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, Wolfgang Puck Catering

 

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

Instructors: Laniecia Anderson

 

Team Mentor: Brad Newman, Quest Food Management Services

 

Audience Choice: Healthy Cookie

Simeon Career Academy

 

Thyme-scented lemon cookie

 

Students: Devon Bussell, Jasmine Cook, Justin Love, Aireal Mays, Olivia Smith, Raven Warford

Instructors: Loretta Johnson

 

Team Mentor: Guy Dansereau, Greater Chicago Food Depository

 

Other CPS high schools whose students participated in the Cooking up Change contest included: Chicago Vocational, Corliss, Curie, Dunbar, Hyde Park, Julian, Manley, North-Grand, Prosser, Tilden (last year’s winner) and Washington. Congratulations to our winning chefs and their instructors at Richards and all CPS students who participated in the event.

 

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