Winston-Salem Culinary Students Cook Up Change

Winston-Salem, N.C. -- How many high school students would pass up chips for veggies? You wouldn't think that many, but three Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County culinary students are taking part in a competition that might help to change that.

Caitlyn Harrison, Anna Simeonides and Oscar Jaramillo talked about their participation in the Cooking Up Change district competition on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

"Kids think vegetables don't taste great and don't have flavor. But they're so good for you," said Simeonides, a students at Regan High School.

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 budgetary constraints that (about $1 per meal) that School Food Services programs face across the country.

The program 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.

Along with an all-expense paid trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C., a version of the winning team's menu will be served at all Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools during the 2014-15 school year. There's also a chance the meal could be served at the cafeteria of the U.S. House of Representatives.

You can support the students at the district competition on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The young chefs start cooking at 1 p.m. The presentation and judging portion begin at 4:30 p.m.

The national competition will be held at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 2014.


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