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Experience the electricity of competition, taste the next generation of school food

Celebrate student talent at the 7th Annual Greater Orange County Cooking up Change® Event

at Northgate Gonzalez Market Headquarters in Anaheim

Thursday, April 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

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 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 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, 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® 2018 event, please contact Linda Franks at linda@mykidhealthy.org or 949.874.7701.