D. C. Area Students! Are you ready to influence school food?


Registration for the 2020 Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge opens September 11, 2019!



Register Here

Registration Closes October 9

2020 Culinary Challenge Guidelines

The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge is the only event for Family and Consumer Sciences/Culinary Arts students that positions them to have a direct impact on the food served in their schools.


Open to both Middle and High School students, the “challenge” at the heart of this event is one faced by school nutrition professionals every day – to create delicious, appealing dishes that comply with federal guidelines and that can be adapted by school systems throughout the region. Dishes created by teams at this event are now being served to thousands of students in the Greater Washington area.


Middle and High schools from all D.C., Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland are eligible to participate in two categories:

Lunch Competition

Teams create a school lunch that complies with the nutritional and cost parameters of the National School Lunch Program


Teams present to a panel of judges including celebrity chefs, school nutrition professionals and students


The winning dish is featured on menus throughout the Greater D.C. region


Teams create a Breakfast or Snack item that complies with the parameters of the National School Breakfast or Smart Snack Program


Teams are eligible to win a Community Choice award


All students have an opportunity to network with food industry professionals and present at a Public Tasting with over 350 attendees and members of the press


Ready to find out more?

Download the Culinary Challenge Bundles below to get started.



Schools may enter up to two (2) teams; only one Lunch team per school is permitted


Register Here





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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