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The 6th Annual Greater Orange County Cooking up Change® Event is a Success.

Kid Healthy presented the 6th annual Cooking up Change Greater Orange County event on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Northgate Gonzalez Market headquarters in Anaheim.  Congratulations to La Habra High School for their 1st Place finish in the Orange County competition. Their recipe of Chicken Kashmir, Pepino Curry, and Tropical Kheer won over the local judges.  The La Habra High School team made up of: Yasmin Marquez, Isabella Moreno, and Carlos Marquez went on to represent OC in the CUC National finals held on June 12. Their menu wowed the judges in Washington, DC, as well and La Habra secured another 1st Place win for Orange County.

Congrats to 2nd Place:  Valley High School – Daisy Montoya, Marie Carmen del Pillar, and Beatriz Gutierrez;  3rd Place: California High School -Jayla Beltran, Kenneth Perea, and Karsen Asbury.  Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Northgate Gonzalez Market, for your commitment to Kid Healthy and the Cooking up Change® program.

Cooking up Change® provides high school students the opportunity to transform the school lunch menu, develop valuable culinary arts skills, & become leaders in school food reform. In addition, it encourages them to seek a secondary education and utilize their knowledge in a career as a chef or in the field of nutrition sciences. Each student team is challenged to create a new lunch menu following a strict set of criteria including: utilizing only ingredients commonly found in a school cafeteria, a budget of $1.25 per serving, all while making it creative, great tasting and nutritious. Each team presents their meal to an esteemed panel of judges. The winning team then travels to Washington, DC to compete on a national level. Our Orange County teams hold the title for four 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish. While in Washington, D.C. they were given the opportunity to speak in a committee meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives, share their views & advocate for more funding for school lunches, as well as meet their local representatives. This event is part of Healthy Schools Campaign’s National Cooking up Change® Series.

  • Education in nutrition, meal-planning, meal budgeting, food resourcing, and USDA dietary guidelines, and public speaking
  • Hands on training with a professional chef mentor
  • Participation in a regional and national cooking contest
  • Opportunity to receive a 2 year scholarship to a local culinary school
  • Opportunity to gain internships with local restaurant and food service professionals

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Kid Healthy’s programs intentionally reach youth in low-income communities of Orange County and in schools with a disproportionately high percentage of students eligible for the federal free and reduced meal program, a reliable indicator of poverty. For more information, please contact as at: 949.874.7701 or info@mykidhealthy.org

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To sponsor the Kid Healthy Cooking up Change® 2017 event, please contact Linda Franks at linda@mykidhealthy.org or 949.874.7701.