Cooking up Change is a dynamic culinary competition that puts student voices front-and-center in the national dialogue about school food. With limited ingredients, tight deadlines and real-life constraints, teams of high school culinary students take on a big challenge: Create a delicious, nutritious school lunch that their peers will enjoy.
Healthy Schools Campaign launched Cooking up Change in Chicago in 2007 to engage students and the broader community in a dialogue about critical changes needed in our nation’s school meal program.
Since that time, stronger school food nutrition standards have been implemented, and Cooking up Change students continue to lead the way by re-imagining school meals that are healthy, delicious, fun—and, most importantly, meet all the necessary criteria to be easily created and served in school cafeterias across the country.
Cities across the country will host Cooking up Change contests this season including Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Memphis, Orange County, Orlando, Washington, D.C., and Wichita. The winning team from each city travels to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals, present their meals at a Congressional briefing and raise their voices for healthy school food.