Top chefs 

Students create award-winning school lunches.

February 09, 2009

Students at CPS high schools across the district were treated to a special lunch prepared by a few of their own classmates.


High school students studying culinary arts at Richards Career Academy, 5009 S. Laflin, won first place in the Healthy Schools Campaign’s cooking contest last fall. The prize: Their meal, a modernized take on carrotquedillas, chorizo rellenos and refrescantes, was served at every CPS high school.


According to the Healthy Schools Campaign, the student-created school lunches met the cost requirements and nutrition guidelines that Chicago food service directors face, as well as the high standards for taste and visual appeal that culinary students strive to achieve.


The student chefs said their winning meal was inspired by Hispanic Heritage Month.


Thirteen competing student teams took part in the competition. Each team was mentored by a local chef who provided guidance and insight on recipe development, professional presentation and preparation for a culinary competition.


In addition to having their lunch served at CPS high schools, the winning team also received a $1,000 scholarship.


Learn more about the Healthy Schools Campaign.