Cooking up change 

Contest challenges student top chefs to create healthy meals.

November 17, 2009

Top student chefs competed against each other last month to see who could cook the healthiest school lunch for only $1. The competition was part of the Cooking up Change program, a healthy cooking contest for Chicago Public Schools culinary students.


Fifteen CPS teams’ sautéed, spiced, and served delectable, yet healthy school lunches at Salvage One, 1840 W. Hubbard Street, during the annual competition. Contest winners will have their meals served to students nationwide and will travel to Washington, D.C. where their winning meal will be served at the U.S. Capitol. Chicago bakery, Little Miss Muffin, will market the winning healthy cookie to retail stores.


And the winners are… 

  • First place: Tilden Career Community High School

      Award-winning dish: Chicken jambalaya with jalapeno cornbread and cucumber salad


  • Second place: Richards Career Academy

      Award-winning dish: Twiceb-baked Shepard's Pie with pub salad and a side of cinnamon bread pudding with spice sauce


  • Third place: Chicago Vocational Career Academy

      Award-winning dish: Mom's Chicken Salad with Farmer's Market vegetable soup and harvest apple crisp


Audience Choice

  • Corliss High School

       Award-winning dish: Cranberry-raisin-walnut cookie



  • Chicago Vocational Career Academy

      Award-winning dish: Abracadabra bars


  • Clemente Community Academy High School

      Award-winning dish: Spiced pumpkin cookie


  • Corliss High School

       Award-winning dish: Cranberry-raisin-walnut cookie


Learn more about the Healthy Schools Campaign.



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