Cheer on HISD’s Culinary Arts Students as they ‘cook up change’

Do you love cooking competitions on television? Well here’s your chance to witness culinary arts high school students from HISD go head-to-head as they compete to have their menu items featured on next school year’s lunch menu and to win a trip to Washington, D.C.

Join ARAMARK/HISD Food Services from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, this Saturday as they host the inaugural Cooking Up Change Culinary Competition–Houston, at Rice University’s West Servery. The event is free and open to the public.

For the last three months, students have worked tirelessly with HISD Food Services’ dietitians and chefs to create nutritious meals that meet federal guidelines and budget constraints. Seven teams representing Barbara Jordan, Davis, Westside and Harper Alternative high schools will compete for their chance to enter the national competition in June in Washington, D.C. This is the first year the competition is in Texas, and Team HISD will represent the entire state.

Judges for the competition include HISD Superintendent Terry Grier; Texas Department of Agriculture’s Director for Nutrition, Education and Outreach Beth Thorson; HISD Food Services Executive General Manager Ray Danilowicz; and ARAMARK/Reliant Park Executive Chef Mark Cornish.


  • Students’ food preparation – 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Menu sampling – 12 noon-1 p.m.
  • Judges’ deliberation– 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
  • Announcement of winners – 2:15-2:30 p.m.

To learn more about the Cooking Up Change program, visit