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Dec. 21, 2017 - Plano East Culinary Arts Team Wins Healthy Kids' Choice Menu Challenge


Childhood obesity has more than tripled within the last 30 years and research suggests that eating fruits and vegetables may help maintain a healthy body weight. To help combat childhood obesity, Medical City Children’s Hospital and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association (GDRA) collaborated with Texas ProStart culinary programs in high schools across North Texas to develop healthy children’s menus for local restaurants. On December 3, a Plano East Senior High School culinary arts team of three students took first place in competition creating menu items for Top Golf:

  • Zach Larson, Plano East Senior High School
  • Lauren Perez, Plano East Senior High School
  • Helena Pham, Plano East Senior High School

PESH culinary arts students in kitchen

Plano East culinary arts students Lauren Perez, Zach Larson and Helena Pham with winning menu entry.

The Plano East team challenge was to create a kids' meal with ingredients that Top Golf has on hand daily. The meal had to be less than 500 calories, was judged on taste, appearance and feasibility to make quickly in a busy restaurant commercial kitchen. After winning first place, the Plano East team's meal will be included on every menu at every Top Golf restaurant in North America. Top Golf will launch the team’s winning meal in January. Plano East Career and Technical Education teacher Lois Conwell says, "I am so proud of our students! They are not only making a difference in our own community, but across the country!" Students from 17 Dallas/Fort Worth area school districts took part in the live cooking demonstration contest. 

Plano East Culinary Team being filmed at live competition

Plano East culinary team at the live competition.


 Kids Choice award winning menue item

Winning kids' menu item.