CPS culinary students cook up healthy, tasty meal on tight budget

So long to the standard pizza, chemical pressed chicken patty and nacho bar. There’s some new food for thought in Chicago Public Schools.

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Earlier this month the Healthy Schools Campaign held its 4th annual “Cooking up Change” contest for high school culinary arts students. The organization aims to promote healthier eating among students across the country.

Culinary students from schools all over the city participated in a competition to see who could make school meals that were tasty, appealing to other students, exceed U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards, adhere to tight budgetary constraints and ones that could be easily replicated in school food programs. The winning meal will make its debut in high school lunch lines across the country.

Richard Career Academy brought home the gold with the winning meal of an Afro-Caribe plancha (panini with turkey, black beans and cheese), sunshine soup (squash, tomatoes, cilantro and apples) and Caribbean crunch salad (apples, cucumber, cilantro and onion). Total food cost of the entire menu was $1.

The students will be sponsored on an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to visit the White House staff chefs and tour the kitchen. They will also present their dish at both the USDA and the House of Representatives where the lunch will be served in both cafeterias.

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