2019 Culinary Challenge

Hayfield Secondary School

March 2, 2019

11 AM - 1 PM

Register today to join Spike, Cathal and Bonnie for the

2019 Culinary Competition

The future of school food rests on their forks

OUR JUDGES

 

SPIKE MENDELSOHN

Chef

Vim & Victor

CATHAL ARMSTRONG

Chef

Kaliwa

BONNIE BENWICK

Deputy Food Editor

The Washington Post

SANDRA CURWOOD

Director, Office of School Nutrition Programs for the Virginia Department of Education

CYNTHIA HORMEL

Food and Nutrition Services Director, Alexandria City Public Schools

KYRA WEST

Real Food for Kids Student Nutrition Advisory Committee; Senior, Justice High School

DIANA CAMACHO

2017 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge Winner; Student, Johnson & Wales University

SHREYA PAPNEJA

Founder and CEO, CHAPS America; Student, Langley High School

 

 

EVENT SPONSORS

Lunch Competition

Academies of Loudoun | Lisa Haughie, Advisor | Loudoun County

Arlington Career Center | Renee Randolph, Advisor | Arlington County

Chantilly Academy | Clay Doubleday, Advisor | Fairfax County

Franklin Middle School | Siri Jeffry, Advisor | Fairfax County

Harper Park Middle School | Shannon Hunter, Advisor | Loudoun County

Herndon High School | Lauren Spector, Advisor | Fairfax County

Parkside Middle School | Cyndy Mattia, Advisor | Prince William County

Rocky Run Middle School | Lisa Marik, Advisor | Fairfax County

Sandburg Middle School | Heather Jones, Advisor | Fairfax County

Takoma Park Middle School | Heather Davis, Advisor | Montgomery County

West Potomac High School | Sarah Buchowski Newton, Advisor | Fairfax County

 

 

Breakfast Showcase

Glasgow Middle School | Nadine Massman, Advisor | Fairfax County

Harper Park Middle School | Shannon Hunter, Advisor | Loudoun County

Kenmore Middle School | Beverly Coyle, Advisor | Arlington County

Parkside Middle School | Cyndy Mattia, Advisor | Prince William County

Rocky Run Middle School | Lisa Marik, Advisor | Fairfax County

 

Snack Showcase

Blue Ridge Middle School | Holly Myers, Advisor | Loudoun County

Glasgow Middle School | Nadine Massman, Advisor | Fairfax County

Harper Park Middle School | Shannon Hunter, Advisor | Loudoun County

Lanier Middle School | Susan von Schaack, Advisor | Fairfax County

Parkside Middle School | Cyndy Mattia, Advisor | Prince William County

Rocky Run Middle School | Lisa Marik, Advisor | Fairfax County

Sandburg Middle School | Heather Jones, Advisor | Fairfax County

West Potomac High School | Sarah Buchowski Newton, Advisor | Fairfax County

 

 

NO ONE KNOWS SCHOOL FOOD BETTER THAN THE STUDENTS WHO BUY IT

One event gives them a voice in what gets served

 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge is an annual event that gives students in the National Capital Region a platform to influence and change what is served in their school cafeterias.

 

The “challenge” at the heart of this competition is the same one faced by school food professionals every day: to craft healthy and delicious menu items that conform to USDA guidelines and adhere to strict per-meal budgets. Lunch entries are judged by a panel of students, school food professionals, chefs, and local luminaries. The winning dish is featured in school cafeterias across the region the following year.

 

Since 2014, hundreds of middle and high school students from across the Region have competed in the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge. Along the way they have created exciting new school lunch options for thousands of area students and influenced school food professionals to embrace healthier options.

 

Registration is Free, but space is limited.

 

 

This year, a record number of teams, representing five school districts in the Greater D.C. metro will be sharing their creations with the public. Attendees will get to sample the entries from 12 teams competing in the School Lunch Category and from 15 teams sharing ideas for School Breakfast and Smart Snacks. Every recipe complies with USDA School Meal guidelines and can be adapted in our school cafeterias. No other event in the nation gives students this level of influence on what gets served in our schools.

 

It’s a delicious, nutritious and inspirational event you don’t want to miss.

 

5 SCHOOL DISTRICTS

27 TEAMS

1 WINNING SCHOOL LUNCH

PUBLIC TASTING

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

EXHIBIT / SPONSOR

OUR PARTNERS HALL IS GROWING

 

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge offers a unique opportunity for sponsors, exhibitors and advertisers to reach an influential audience including:

Local and regional elected officials

School administrators

Culinary professionals

Teachers

Parents

Our inspired and creative students!

This year’s event will draw a record number of participants, including over 100 students from 5 school districts in the National Capital Region, along with an anticipated crowd of 400+ audience members. We will also reach a broader audience of Real Food for Kids supporters and the general public through promotions on email and social media, and expected coverage in traditional press outlets.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to connect with the unique audience at this exciting event!

2018 Exhibitors

It could not get much better than this!

ABOUT US

 

Real Food For Kids is committed to working in collaboration with our partners to increase the quantities of healthful foods in our school systems, developing and delivering programs that educate our students and their families on making healthier lifestyle choices, and ensuring access to real whole foods for all school children.

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