STUDIO CITY ( — A local student is changing the way his fellow classmates eat!

Los Angeles Unified School District Director of Food Service David Binkle and West Adams High School student Maribel Sandoval visited the KCAL9 studios Monday to talk about a new healthy food initiative.

West Adams High School was part of a healthy cooking competition, Cooking Up Change, launched by Healthy Schools Campaign.

The campaign 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 that School Food Services programs across the country face today.

Maribel is part of the winning team at West Adams and her new menu items will be served at LAUSD schools started in the 2013-2014 school year.

The Winning Dishes:

Tex Mex Corn Bread and Black Bean Mountain

Cucumber Salad

Warm Pear & Raisin Delight


LAUSD will compete against other culinary programs from Santa Ana, Chicago, Denver, Jacksonville, Saint Louis, Stamford, Winston-Salem and Washington, D.C. The national competition will be held at the kitchen of the U.S. Department of Education.



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