Conrad culinary team tastes victory in Cooking Up Change challenge

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Culinary arts students from four Dallas ISD high schools competed recently in the fourth annual Cooking Up Change challenge.

Six teams – one from Bryan Adams, one from Conrad, two from Molina and two from Skyline – developed lunch menus featuring an entree, vegetable and dessert. Students prepared sample lunches for five judges and attendees of the Feb. 28 event.

The menus were called to be nutritiously sound, fantastically tasty and cost $1.40 or less per serving.

“The Golden Threat” from Conrad took the top honors and won a paid trip to the Texas Restaurant Association’s conference this summer in Houston. The team comprises Maria Cruz, Nicolas Leon and Leidy Morales. The judges were wowed by their Spicy Golden Quinoa Quesadilla with Juicy Golden Corn, followed by Golden Peach & Strawberry Parfait. Their instructor Chef Cheryll Harris also won the Instructors’ Challenge, a friendly contest among culinary arts teachers.

The “Cooks in Crocs” team from Skyline placed second with its Spaghetti Explosion, Capri Salad and Peaches n’ Cream. Also from Skyline, “2 Legit 2 Quit” took third with its Chicken Taco, Street Corn Cup and Fruit Yogurt.

Dallas ISD students could see some of the winning items on their lunch trays next school year.

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