HS culinary students compete to Cook Up Change

The competition allows students to be involved in the school food conversation as campuses across the country strive to serve healthful, great-tasting school food that their classmates would enjoy eating at school.
April 13, 2014 6:13:07 PM PDT
Cooking up Change is a national healthy cooking competition launched by Healthy Schools Campaign. It challenges teams of high school culinary students to create menu items that are not only healthy, but also meet nutrition guidelines and the budgetary constraints such as preparing meals for one dollar or less, that School Food Services programs across the country face today.

The competition allows students to be involved in the school food conversation as campuses across the country strive to serve healthful, great-tasting school food that their classmates would enjoy eating at school.

Teams of two or three culinary students from the District's Culinary Arts programs followed a rigorous recipe development process with a limited list of ingredients to create dishes that are low in calories, fat, sugar and sodium. The District's Food Services dietitians carefully checked each recipe to meet nutritional requirements.

Westside High School won the competition with their Lonestar Chicken Chili Sub, Grilled Veggies, and Parfait. Team members are Andrew Winkle, Barrosha Boykin and Santiago Castaneda.

At the national competition in Washington, D.C. scheduled for June 9, 2014, the winning team will represent Houston ISD and compete against other culinary programs from Los Angeles, Chicago, Orange County, Calif., Orlando, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla., Winston-Salem, N.C., Memphis, Tenn., Wichita, Kan. and Little Rock, Ark.

Along with an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., the winning team's menu will be served at all Houston ISD schools during the 2014-2015 school year and there is a chance that it could also be served at the cafeteria of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The following teams of students represented their respective schools at the Houston District competition:

Barbara Jordan High School
Team 1: Monica Sanchez and Mairuby Vargas
Team 2: Brittany Garrett, Britana Hicks and Anjela Sanchez
Team 3: Malik Preston and Christopher Zavala

Davis High School
Team 1: Candy Diaz, Rebecca Gonzales and Vaida Vasquez
Team 2: Breana Kennedy, Elizabeth Garcia and Alycia McCardell

Harper Alternative High School
Team 1: Christian Divito-Catro, Kris Henderson and Paul McBride

Westside High School
Team 1: Andrew Winkle, Barrosha Boykin and Santiago Castaneda

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