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After their 1st place finish in the Greater OC competition, Valley HS wins 1st Place in the National Cooking up Change finals

After their 1st place finish in the Greater OC competition, Valley HS wins 1st Place in the National Cooking up Change finals

Experience the Next Generation of School Food

Cooking up Change®-Greater Orange County

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 students 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 the high standards school food service professionals face everyday, including: utilizing only ingredients commonly found in a school cafeteria, a budget of $1.40 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 six 1st place finishes in the Cooking up Change National Finals. While in Washington, D.C. students are given the opportunity to speak one on one with their Congressional and Senate Representatives, share their views & advocate for healthier, tastier school lunches.

This event is part of Healthy Schools Campaign’s National Cooking up Change® Series.

  • Education in nutrition, meal-planning, meal budgeting, food resourcing, 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 scholarships for higher education
  • 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® 2018-19 program, please contact Linda Franks at linda@mykidhealthy.org or 949.874.7701.