BVSD Students to Cook for Local Food Celebrities
Ninth Annual Iron Chef-style competition is March 21

BOULDER: BVSD middle school students from across the district will compete in BVSD’s ninth annual Iron Chef-style competition on Wednesday, March 21. Teams will win money for culinary and nutrition programs in their schools and the winning recipe will become a featured item on the 2018-19 school lunch menu!

Open to the public, the event will take place from 4-6 p.m. at Casey Middle School (1301 High St., Boulder 80304). The schools represented in this year’s competition include Casey Middle School, Summit Middle School, Centennial Middle School, Horizons K8 School and Southern Hills Middle School.

Media are welcome!
This cooking competition has high visual appeal for photos and videos.

BVSD Iron Chef teams must create a dish that is not only delicious and nutritious, but also meets the USDA guidelines and stays at or under the $1.25/plate price allocation. The theme for this year’s competition is Plant-Forward, meaning at least 51 percent of the entree’s protein component must be plant-based.

Local food celebrities will help judge, including Chef Carlos Sanchez, Executive Chef at Google; Chef Sarah Beckwith, Chef at OAK at Fourteenth; and Sara Brito, Co-Founder/President, Good Food Media Network. Other judges will include three BVSD ProStart students, one BVSD middle school student, and managers from BVSD Food Services. This event is sponsored by the Life Time Foundation and Lucky’s Market.

Each year, BVSD provides this fun-filled event to engage students in learning life skills through
  • recipe development involving counting, weighing, measuring, tracking time and calculating food costs;
  • recipe creation in anticipation of cooking 15 servings in a live competition; and
  • gaining the necessary social skills to work as a culinary team and communicate in the kitchen.
Research shows that nutrition education is often incomplete without an experiential learning opportunity for students to participate in food preparation. Studies also indicate an increase in healthy eating habits among students who participate in food selection and cooking.

The BVSD School Food Project looks forward to the great food and creative ideas that will be presented to our judges on Wednesday! For more information, please contact Laura Smith at or 720-561-6005.