CPS students get second place in national cooking competition

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CHICAGO -- A group of talented CPS students won second place in a national cooking competition in Washington, D.C., yesterday.

The team of students from Washington High School on Chicago’s Far South Side was one of 10 that made it to the Cooking Up Change national finals.

The teams had to create healthy and tasty school meals, while only spending about $1 per meal.

The competition took place at the U.S. Department of Education. Teams were judged by a panel of national leaders, nutrition experts and celebrity chef judges.

The team from Washington High cooked up Cajun chicken lettuce wraps with roasted corn relish, as well as deconstructed peach and yogurt pizza.

The meal will also be served across the Chicago Public Schools district next fall.

The students will spend the rest of their time in D.C. sightseeing and serving their meals to legislative leaders.

First place in the competition went to students from Santa Ana, California.