Cooking Up Academic Success for School Lunch

Student chefs create and serve healthy, delicious recipes to raise awareness about their desire for more nutritious meals

Cooking Up Academic Success for School Lunch
2016 Cooking up Change lunch© The Pew Charitable Trusts

Student chef Lilian Morua of Barbara Jordan High School in Houston serves her team’s chicken Philly sandwich with sauteed onion, peppers, and cheese to guests attending the 2016 Cooking up Change lunch at the U.S. Senate.

Teams of students from across the country have traveled to Washington in recent years to compete in Cooking up Change, a national contest that challenges high school students to create meals that meet nutrition standards and can be easily replicated in schools.

Hosted by Healthy Schools Campaign, Cooking Up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that puts student voices front-and-center in the national conversation about school food. 

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Related: 2013 Cooking Up Change Profiles

At right and below are a few profiles of some of those enterprising student chefs who participated in the competition.

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Student Cooking Competition Inspires Healthy and Tasty School Meals
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