Chicago’s Chef Sweeney Mentors Students for Cooking Up Change Competition
December 20, 2016
The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago’s culinary director, Chef Elizabeth Sweeney, mentored Juarez Benito High School students in preparation for the national “Cooking Up Change” competition.
The high school students were required to create delicious, healthy meals that meet the real-life stands for the school lunch program. The meal must also meet budget requirements of a littler over $1 per meal. The winning meals will be served in Chicago Public Schools. The winning team also earns an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the national competition at the U.S. Department of Education.
This year, Cooking Up Change celebrated its 10th Anniversary. The Cooking up Change program was launched by the Healthy Schools Campaign in Chicago in 2007. Since then, it has expanded to include 20 other cities, which host their own competitions each year. This year, Chicago students studying the culinary arts from 13 high schools competed.
The Chicago Sun-Times ran a story on the event: