Health Care Culinary Contest



Ready, set, cook! The Health Care Culinary Contest is back

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 another Health Care Culinary Contest.  

Announcing top 5 finalists in the 2020 Health Care Culinary Contest

These five chefs, our Health Care Culinary Contest finalists, persevered to cook and serve healthy food when our patients and communities needed it the most.

Meet the chefs and hear the stories behind their delicious #plantforward recipes.

  • Davis Hospital and Medical Center’s sweet potato tempura and black bean tacos
  • MetroHealth System’s Spanish frijoles salad with plantain chips
  • NYU Langone Health’s autumn vegetable curry
  • Stanford Health Care’s adobo de la tierra
  • Winchester Hospital’s pumpkin seed-encrusted eggplant rollatini  

Why plant-forward?

Increase sales Diets that embrace plant proteins are trending, especially when the focus is on flavor. One in four consumers is eating less meat. Your recipe contest entry will build on this trend.

Entice new customers and improve customer satisfaction Delicious plant-forward meals are proving to satisfy customers and reaching new ones. Your entry will change expectations around hospital food and increase positive feedback for your dining service.

What is “plant-forward”? A style of cooking and eating that emphasizes and celebrates, but is not limited to, plant-based foods—including fruits and vegetables; whole grains; beans, other legumes, and soy foods; nuts and seeds; plant oils; and herbs and spices—and that reflects evidence-based principles of health and sustainability.

Learn more from Menus of Change

The future has never been more delicious

Ready for trendy, mouthwatering meals that are healthy for people and the planet?

The Plant-Forward Future is here. Check out our new resources for chefs and food service pros

It's an easy change with a big payoff Plant-forward meals are created with everyday culinary techniques, are affordable to source and cook, and will increase profits. Your entry will prove how easy and budget-friendly it is to incorporate more of these meals into your food service.

Gain some celebrity  Chefs, like 2017 champion Norbert Bomm from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, are making a name for themselves by reinventing hospital food. Bomm’s winning recipe went on to be adopted by more than 750 hospitals across the country.

Join the community From coast to coast and everywhere in between, health care culinary professionals are changing the way people think about hospital food, serving meals that are healthier for people and the planet, learning from each other’s successes, partnering with local farmers and food businesses, and taking their menus to new levels in creativity and flavor.  

Inspiration from 2019

Vitaliz haystack - culinary contest winner

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

And a round of applause for our finalists...

Click on the names of the finalists to read their profiles and download their recipes.

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 11/30/20. 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.