Harding High School team wins culinary competition


From left to right, Kaylyn Vang, Xia Vang and Chinue Yang. (Submitted photo)

The Harding High School team’s meal consisted of Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps, cucumber salad and pineapple crisp. (Submitted photo)

With a winning dish of Thai peanut chicken lettuce wraps, cucumber salad and pineapple crisp, one of two teams from Harding High School will be going to Washington, D.C., in June.

The students, Chinue Yang, Xia Vang and Kaylyn Vang participated in a nationwide culinary competition called Cooking up Change launched by the Healthy Schools campaign. 

On March 4, six teams from five St. Paul public high schools competed for the spot to represent the city at the national competition in June.

The high school students had to create a meal that followed the budgetary restraint of around $1 and nutritional requirements of being low in calories, fat, sodium and sugar, which the St. Paul district’s School Food Services must follow when creating hot lunches for students.

The competition allows students to be involved in the discussion of the types of meals and nutrition they are served in their school lunches. The Harding team’s winning meal will be served at St. Paul Public Schools’ cafeterias.  

The Harding students beat out teams from Johnson, Washington Tech, Humboldt and Central. 

Their all-expenses-paid trip will bring them to the nation’s capital to face high school teams from across the country in a competition at the U.S. Department of Education 

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