Health Care Culinary Contest


2023 culinary contest photo collage featuring all five winners

The Culinary Contest

Submissions have closed. Winners will be announced in 2024.

Health care culinary professionals across the country are taking their menus to new levels in creativity and flavor, all powered by plants.

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 our another Health Care Culinary Contest.

Learn more about the Health Care Culinary Contest 

Why participate? 


Elevate your hard work and creativity while spotlighting your hospital’s plant-forward commitment to a national audience.

Get inspiration from the latest winner Chef Joseph Moreno from Stanford Health Care, and find out which contest winner went on to serve plant-based eats at the White House.

Why plant-forward?

Hear first-hand why your fellow chefs and foodservice pros are embracing the Plant-Forward Future... 

Check out our Plant-Forward Future resources that help health care facilities set a plant-forward goal, menu and market plant-forward dishes, and track progress.

Inspiration from 2022 

Chef Moreno from Stanford Health Care 2022 culinary contest winner recipe photo and quote The grand prize winner of the 2022 Health Care Culinary Contest was 
Stanford Health Care's spicy lentils with honey walnut cauliflower.

Read the story behind the recipe and get to know our winning chef.

The winners’ accomplishment was celebrated at CleanMed 2023 in Pittsburgh, where the chef received a plaque and the winning meal was served to participants. They were also honored at the Culinary Institute of America’s Menus of Change Leadership Summit.

And a round of applause for our finalists:

  • City of Hope Medical Center’s butternut squash burrito bowl
  • Mass General Brigham Salem Hospital’s lemon blueberry graham beet bar
  • NYC Health + Hospitals’ sancocho
  • Scripps Health’s curried vegetable and barley stuffed acorn squash

Read about the chefs and their stories.   

No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. U.S. residents only. Ends 11/30/23 This is not a game of chance; winners were 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.