PHOTOS, RECIPES: PHS hosts Waste Warrior cooking challenge

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth High School recently held an inaugural Waste Warrior cooking challenge as part of Stop Food Waste Day. Featured below are photos, recipes, and the winners from the event. 

Two professional chefs competed in a culinary throwdown, serving more than 900 Portsmouth High School students, who then voted for the dish with the most taste and least waste (reduced food waste gets bonus points).

Competing in the showdown was Chef Steve DaFonseca, executive chef for the East Bay School District, Chartwells K-12, and Chef Jared Becker, regional executive chef for Chartwells K-12. The dishes included buffalo chickpea tacos and sweet potato fries. 

The Buffalo Chickpea Taco was the winning dish with 76 votes over the Beet Sweet Potato Fries, which received 27 votes.

Chef Becker represented the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chef DaFonseca represented the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Chef DaFonseca’s dish received the most votes, so Chartwells donated $500 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The event is designed to share recipes that can be easily replicated in a family’s kitchen at home to celebrate Earth month and Stop Food Waste Day, an international day of action where chefs participate in live cooking demonstrations to build awareness of the critical food waste problem and inspire change. 

Featured below are photos and recipes from the event. 

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