Barry Goldwater Seniors Leslie Rodriquez-Mada and Alanja Knight win Deer Valley Unified School District’s Cooking up Change competition with their healthy menu of Taco-Burrito, Sautéed Green Beans and Carrots and PB and Banana Cup.

Cooking up Change® is a national healthy cooking competition launched by Healthy Schools Campaign. It challenges teams of high school culinary students to create menu items that are not only healthy, but also meet nutrition guidelines and the budgetary constraints (about $1 per meal) that School Food Services programs across the country face today. It’s a program that allows students to be involved in the conversation as campuses across the country strive to serve healthful, great-tasting school food that their classmates would enjoy eating at school.

Teams of two or three culinary students from the District’s Culinary Arts programs followed a rigorous recipe development process with a limited list of ingredients to create dishes that are low in calories, fat, sugar and sodium. The District’s Food Services dietitians carefully checked each recipe to meet nutritional requirements.

The winning team from the District competition wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. where Deer Valley Unified School District will compete at the national competition against other culinary program from Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, St. Paul, among others.