ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Young chefs from Orange County were cooking up healthy meals in the nation’s capital today.
The students from Westside Tech in Winter Garden are among 10 finalists in a national contest to whip up healthy meals.
And the contest parameters are tough: With limited ingredients and limited time, teams of culinary students must create healthy meals that cost a dollar each.
The student team representing central Florida is part of the effort to push Congress to reform the school lunch program.
Anfree Anderson has been cooking since he was
5 years old. All that practice earned him a spot on the award-winning Westside Tech culinary team.
“If you like to eat good, you cook good,” Anderson said.
He's hoping the beef empanadas on their menu will win them first place.
Anderson has always been a health nut, but
said he grew frustrated with unhealthy food at his school.
“This competition changed my mind,” Anderson said. “They actually care for the health of the students.”
The winners are set to be announced Monday night.