The 2015 Harvest Challenge was held in the Westby Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 8. In a very close competition Hillsboro High School aspiring chefs won the judge’s choice by a single vote taking home the traveling trophy, while Viroqua won for student choice and Kickapoo won the community choice vote. Approximately 215 people attended the event.

The Harvest Challenge is a student cooking competition sponsored by the Vernon County Farm to School Program. The high school cooking competition highlights the need for more nutritious and locally grown food in school lunches. The contest challenges each team of students to develop a creative, appetizing and visually appealing school lunch entree and side dish while incorporating locally grown foods. At the same time the entree and side dish must comply with national nutritional guidelines and meet a budget of $1 per person per serving (entree and side dish combined).

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