Wekiva High students prepare for national cooking competition

For three Wekiva High School students there's no such thing as too many cooks in the kitchen.
 
"It took a lot of work but we got there and we think the meal is perfected by now," said Lauren Earnest.
 
In December, Anthony Truong, Lauren Earnest and Andy Obregon  won the Cooking Up Change local competition as part of Michelle Obama's let's move healthy eating initiative --  now they're preparing for the national competition in Washington DC next week, going up against nine other teams.
 
"We're pretty nervous I'm not going to lie, it's a national competition," said Obregon.
 
They've spent months perfecting they're signature chicken fried rice meal which will be rolled out on the lunch menu in Orange County schools next year.
 
"Our meal is a chicken fried rice with peas and carrots and all the vegetables, and our side dish is a soup, a Miyabi Japanese soup," said Truong.
 
They're healthy meal will even be served to members of Congress, culinary arts teacher Christine Whitlow says the competition has also changed her students' outlook on healthy eating.
 
"It really opened their eyes to see that you can make food so flavorful but yet healthy at the same time," Whitlow said.
 
If they come back with the victory their meal will be offered in schools across the nation.
 
"However, it comes out it comes out but in the end I'm just happy I got to compete with these people," Obregon said.
 
The students will also get a private tour of the white house kitchen and garden.

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