Chartwells School Dining Services Students Compete in Healthy
CookingContest, Cooking up Change®
Teams of student chefs vie for top place in national school food competition
in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON -- June 10, 2013
Chartwells School Dining Services is proud to announce that student chefs from
four of its high schools across the U.S. will serve up fresh, healthy and
delicious school menus as they compete for the top spot in Cooking up Change®,
a national health-focused student cooking contest presented by Chicago-based
independent not-for-profit organization, Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC).
Culinary students from Chartwells’ schools prepared various healthy and
delicious menu items that enabled them to win regional competitions throughout
the year to reach the finals.
“Chartwells would like to congratulate our group of talented and dedicated
students in reaching this exciting milestone,” said Keith Cullinan, President
of Chartwells School Dining Service. “Good luck to our students at the
following high schools in this last leg of the competition.”
CHICAGO - Washington High School
Menu Item: Chicken Rancheros, Elotes Washington and Fruta de Tropico
JACKSONVILLE (Fla.) - Sandalwood High School
Menu Item: Catfish Tacos with Pico de Gallo, Spicy Sweet Potato Fries and
Fruit Salad With Honey Dressing
ST. LOUIS - Beaumont Career and Technical High School
Menu Item: BBQ Baked Chicken with Sauteed Broccoli and Carrots and Poached
WINSTON-SALEM - The Career Center
Menu Item: Tenacious Turkey Chili, Sunshine Fries and Apple Crunch Bowls
The contest, which was founded in Chicago in 2007, is part of HSC’s efforts to
empower students to have a voice in the national conversation about the need
for healthy and tasty school food and the need for more resources for our
nation’s school meal program.
Students were asked to be creative, while also utilizing certain ingredient
and preparation methods to reflect the real-world school food service
guidelines. The achievement and impact of these students goes beyond the day
of the competition. Many of the Chartwells school districts have incorporated
the Cooking up Change winning menus into their school meal plans.
A panel of esteemed judges, including Brenda Dann-Messier from the U.S.
Department of Education, Victoria Jordan of the James Beard Foundation, Caya
Lewis with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, R.J Cooper the
Chef / Owner of Rogue 24 among others, will evaluate the menus.
One dish from each team’s lunch will also be served in the Longworth
cafeteria, which serves Congressional leaders and their staff on Tuesday, June
11th. On that same day, a legislative briefing will be held on Capitol Hill
where the students and national health and education advocates will come
together to discuss the need for investment in better school food and school
For more information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit
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About Chartwells School Dining Services
Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining
services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising
over 6000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more
information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit
About Healthy Schools Campaign: Healthy Schools Campaign, a Chicago-based
independent not-for-profit organization, is a leading authority on healthy
school environments and a voice for people who care about our environment, our
children, and education. HSC advocates for policies and practices that allow
all students, teachers and staff to learn and work in a healthy school
Chartwells School Dining Services
Karen Dittrich, 914-935-5494
Marketing and Communications Director
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