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From local events to a national competition, chefs participate in the Real School Food Challenge to make a delicious new school food recipe for just $1.25 per serving.

National Restaurant Edition

The Program

To educate and inform the public about the importance of serving our children healthy, scratch-cooked meals in school, we host culinary challenges with community partners. This year we are taking it national with our supporters in the restaurant space.


The Challenge

Local, regional, and chain restaurants will be creating a USDA-compliant school meal to feature on their restaurant menu during the month of October 2019 (National School Lunch Week falls in October). Proceeds from the item are donated to the Chef Ann Foundation to support making real change to the food our children eat at school.


The Event

Five recipes from our supporting chefs will be selected based on creativity and scalability, to travel to Brooklyn to make their meal at StarChefs International Congress on Monday, October 28th. Competitors will take over the food carts during the Congress Cocktail Party and attendees will vote alongside a jury of school food operators for the winning dish.

The Finalists

Chef Daniel Asher

Asian chicken sliders with pickled vegetables and kale

River & Woods, Boulder

Chef Stephen Williams

Beef and zucchini meatballs with spinach and tomato sauce over rye bread

Bouquet Restaurant, Ohio Valley

Chef Erik Bruner Yang

Garlic ricotta calzone

&pizza, Astor Place and Nomad locations, NYC

Chef Mihoko Obunai

Japanese chicken curry rice

Hosted by Brush, Atlanta

Chef Nathanial Zimet

Red beans and brown rice, with turkey andouille and green beans

Boucherie, New Orleans

WINNER: Chef Mihoko Obunai!

Boulder Natural Foods Edition

Local natural food industry executives and their sous chefs will battle to see if they have what it takes to make real school food. Each chef must prepare an inspiring school lunch that meets USDA guidelines on an average school budget of $1.25 per meal.

Boulder Natural Foods Edition

Local natural food industry executives and their sous chefs will battle to see if they have what it takes to make real school food. Each chef must prepare an inspiring school lunch that meets USDA guidelines on an average school budget of $1.25 per meal.

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Photo Gallery

Check out Real School Food photos.

Competing

A step-by-step guide for competing in a Real School Food Challenge. The guide provides links to guidelines and resources to help you create your school lunch recipe.

Resources

These tools and resources will help you plan and compete in a Real School Food challenge!

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