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CTE Students “Cooking Up Change” In Washington

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June 11, 2013

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CTE Students “Cooking Up Change” In Washington

High school culinary arts students from around the country had the opportunity to participate in the Healthy Schools Campaign's "Cooking up Change" national finals this week in Washington, DC. The competition challenged students to "create a great-tasting lunch that meets nutrition standards on a tight budget." It was designed to mimic the challenges facing school lunch programs to serve healthy, affordable, and appealing meals. Eight teams earned the chance to compete in the event, hosted by the Department of Education, after winning regional competitions.

The winning team was from Valley High School in Orange County, CA, whose menu included their dish "Pita Packs a Punch," with Hot and Sweet Slaw and Delicious Apple Crepes. In addition to designing and preparing the menu, students also had to present on the inspiration for their meal and discuss challenges they encountered along the way. Each of the three students on the winning team also shared that they plan to attend postsecondary culinary programs with the goal of becoming executive chefs, and each will be the first in his or her family to attend college.

Students also had chance to share their meals and stories at a congressional briefing today. What a great opportunity for the students and a great story that exemplifies the creativity and technical skills of our CTE students!

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