Cooking Competition Helps Local Kids Stay Healthy

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- 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 (about $1 per meal) that School Food Services programs across the country face today. It's a program that allows students to be involved in the conversation as campuses across the country strive to serve healthful, great-tasting school food that their classmates would enjoy eating at school.

Caitlyn Harrison (Reagan H.S.), Anna Simeonides (Reagan H.S.) and Oscar Jaramillo (West Forsyth H.S.) stopped by to share their recipies for chicken stir fry, veggie boost and stewed apples.

Teams of two or three culinary students from the District's Culinary Arts programs followed a 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.

Caitlyn, Anna and Oscar won an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. courtesy of Chartwells. Winston-Salem Forsyth County will compete at the national competition against other culinary program from Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Orange County, Calif., Orlando, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., Wichita, Kan. and Little Rock, Ark.

Along with the free trip, the winning team's menu will be served at all Winston-Salem Forsyth County 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.


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