Since we last posted about Cooking Up Change, a nationwide high school competition to improve school lunch, the Healthy Schools Campaign–backed initiative has held two more of its regional qualifiers, one in St. Louis and another in Jacksonville.
In St. Louis, a three-student team from Beaumont High School (pictured at top) took the win with their menu of barbecue baked chicken, sautéed broccoli and carrots, and poached pears. You can read St. Louis Public Radio's coverage of the competition on its website.
Down in Florida, a duo from Sandalwood High School (pictured above) emerged victorious with a bill of fare that included catfish tacos, spicy sweet potato fries, and a fruit salad with honey dressing. Read a local report on the qualifier here.
Cooking Up Change consists of eight regional 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 are advancing to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June of 2013. The James Beard Foundation is proud to be the official culinary partner of the competition.
Learn more about Cooking Up Change.