As we reported a couple of months ago, we’ve joined Cooking Up Change—a nationwide high school competition to improve school lunch—as its official culinary partner for the second year in a row. Backed by the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign, the competition unfolds over the course of six contests in different cities, where student-led teams craft delicious school lunches within the real-life constraints of limited ingredient lists and tight prep times. Finalists from each city advance to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. in May of 2013.
At the most recent qualifier at Los Angeles Trade Technical College, West Adams Preparatory High School students Esther V., Jose L., and Maribel S. took the win, thanks to their menu of Tex-Mex cornbread, black bean, cucumber, and tomato salad, and warm pears with raisins and cinnamon. The next contest takes place in St. Louis on March 12.
Learn more about Cooking Up Change.