Announcement Concerning This Year’s Culinary Challenge
Real Food for Kids’ mission is to promote the health and wellbeing of every child. In honor of this commitment, we are transforming our annual Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge into a virtual competition to keep our students and school communities safe.
More details on the virtual Culinary Challenge will be made available soon.
Our students are changing school lunch menus.
And this is the only event where you can see how they do it!
Every day, school food professionals face an array of requirements to create school meals that meet strict nutritional guidelines while restrictive per-meal budgets. The Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge gives students the chance to face these challenges and tell us what they’d like to see in their school cafeterias. Their success is changing what’s being served in our schools.
In 2020, 20 teams representing seven school districts participated in the Real Food for Kids Culinary Challenge. Student teams began researching and developing their recipes at the start of the school year in preparation for the competition in the spring. Draft recipes were vetted by a team of school nutrition professionals to ensure compliance with federal guidelines.
Lunch entries will be judged by a panel of celebrity chefs, school food and food industry professionals and, of course, students. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams and the winning lunch will be served in area school cafeterias next fall.