2019 winner of the Health Care Culinary Contest


Vitaliz haystack - culinary contest winner

The 2019 Health Care Culinary Contest challenged hospital chefs to create and serve a tantalizing new meal that celebrated the power of plants. Hospital chefs from across the country answered the call.

Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth teamed up with Menus of Change, an initiative of The Culinary Institute of America and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to host the contest.

Health Care Without Harm planned to announce the results and celebrate the winner of the in May at CleanMed 2020. Due to COVID-19, we made the decision to cancel CleanMed and to postpone the contest announcement.

We are excited today to announce the winner and ask you to join us today in celebrating the winner, finalists, and all the participants.

The grand prize winner of the 2019 Health Care Culinary Contest is: Adventist Health’s Vitaliz haystack by Chef Nina Curtis.

Read an interview with Chef Curtis on plant-forward menus, COVID-19 in food service, the Health Care Culinary Contest, and giving back.

Health Care Culinary Contest winner Nina Curtis was a featured speaker at the recent Culinary Institute of America’s virtual Menus of Change conference. Check out her segment (E3) and the latest in plant-forward dining.

And a round of applause for our finalists: Click on the names of the finalists to read their profiles and download their recipes.

In light of the cancellation of CleanMed 2020, where we planned to honor Curtis and serve her meal, Health Care Without Harm wanted a unique way to honor her accomplishment. With Curtis’ support, we made a donation to Placer Food Bank in her name. Placer Food Bank, a Feeding America member organization, works with 70 hunger relief organizations to serve communities across three counties. This year to date, Placer Food Bank has more than distributed more than 6.7 million pounds of food. Due to COVID-19, the food bank expects up to a 50% increase in demand.

The Menus of Change Leadership Summit will feature Curtis in their virtual session “Advancing Healthy, Sustainable, Plant-Forward Menus in Healthcare Foodservice,” Aug. 19 at 10:45 a.m. PT.
Congratulations to our winner, finalists, and everyone who submitted recipes. These dedicated professionals deserve recognition for their accomplishments in the contest and their work on a day to day basis. They strive to change the way people think about hospital food and to serve delicious meals that are healthy for people and the planet.


No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. U.S. residents only. Ends 11/30/23. This is not a game of chance; winners selected based on stated criteria. Official rules and judging criteria. Sponsored by Health Care Without Harm U.S., 12355 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 680, Reston, VA 20191.