Roberto Clemente placed second Cooking Up Change contest

Date: 
11/05/2011

Slow-roasted pulled barbeque turkey sandwich with slaw, apple-berry ice, baked sweet potato chips won Roberto Clement Community Academy, Western and Division, second place in the annual Healthy Schools Campaign's Cooking Up Change contest Nov. 3. Their chef mentor was Chef Randy Zweiban of Province. First prize, in the twelve school cook-off, went to Chicago Vocational Career Academy team.

Cooking Up Change challenges students to reinvent school food by designing a recipe, preparing it, presenting and explaining it to a panel of judges, and then serving it at an evening reception. Students from a total of twelve high schools engaged in the day-long competition at the Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W. 35th St.

The Chicago event kicks off a series of healthy cooking contests around the nation. The contest challenges students to create a school lunch that meets nutritional standards on a tight budget, using only ingredients commonly available for school food service. Students must create recipes that include no more than six steps so that they can easily be replicated on a large scale in real school kitchens. Each team's entry must include at least one item of frozen local produce, which helps highlight the District's farm-to-school produce purchase program.

"This is a great opportunity for our students to gain hands-on experience in what for many of them might be their chosen career," said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. "We are grateful to Healthy Schools Campaign for their commitment to health and nutrition, and for making possible a real-time chance for these students to display the skills they have learned in the classroom."

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