The Great American School Lunch Challenge: Garces vs. Burrell

 

The James Beard Foundation is a proud supporter of Partnership for a Healthier America and their exciting initiatives that aim to solve the obesity crisis in America and make sure our kids are well fed.

 

Yesterday PHA enlisted James Beard Award–winning chef Jose Garces and Food Network personality Anne Burrell to take on school lunch. The two star chefs were paired with representatives from the Houston Independent School District and the Colonial School District outside Wilmington, Delaware. Using only healthy ingredients, following nutritional guidelines, and limited a tight budget, the two teams competed to see who could make the best school meals. Team Garces came away as the victor, presenting a menu of chicken and black bean chilaquile, pan-roasted sweet potatoes, and a graham-topped pear cup.

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For Second Year, JBF Partners with Cooking Up Change

Winning students at the Chicago Cooking Up Change qualifier

 

For the second year in a row, we're joining Cooking Up Change, a nationwide competition among high school students to improve school lunch, as its official culinary partner. Started by the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign, the contest takes place in six cities and invites student-led teams to craft delicious school lunches within the real-life constraints of limited ingredient lists and tight deadlines. Finalists from each city will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. in May of 2013.

 

The first (and biggest) regional qualifier took place in Chicago last month, with the team from Washington High School, pictured above, winning first place. You can read more about the Chicago competition... Read more >

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JBF Partners with Cooking up Change in the Fight for Better School Lunch

 

The James Beard Foundation is partnering with Cooking up Change and Healthy Schools Campaign

 

While the buzz surrounding the need for fresh and healthy school lunch has certainly grown louder on the food world’s radar, no one will deny that there’s still plenty to be done to improve American students’ diets. And whom better to consult than the students themselves?

 

That’s the strategy behind Cooking up Change, a student-chef competition whose winning recipes make their way into cafeterias around the country. Started by Healthy Schools Campaign, a Chicago-based non-profit, the contest takes place in six cities, inviting student-led teams to craft delicious school lunches within the “real-life constraints” of limited ingredient lists and tight deadlines. Finalists from each city will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. on May 21, and one dish from each team... Read more >

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