Announcing Competing Teams for the 2016 Cooking Well Invitational

The 2016 Cooking Well Invitational is right around the corner and the competition is heating up! The following Working Well worksites have assembled culinary teams and have accepted the challenge to create the most delicious, affordable and healthy meal that can be recreated in a hospital or worksite setting:

Baptist Easley Hospital

Beaufort Memorial Hospital

Medical University of South Carolina

Palmetto Health

Regional Medical Center

Roper St. Francis 

Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital 

Trident Medical Center


The Cooking Well Invitational was born from the SC Hospital Association’s Working Well initiative, a statewide strategy to improve workplace wellness policies, systems and environments around tobacco cessation, healthy nutrition and increased physical activity so the healthy choice is the easy choice for employees across South Carolina. Each year organizations that have achieved Working Well’s Gold Apple award are invited to compete in the Cooking Well Invitational. This year the competition was also opened up to organizations close to achieving the Gold Apple.


In order to achieve the Gold Apple, organizations must provide access to healthy options that meet sound nutrition criteria; price healthy options competitively to motivate purchases; market healthy food and beverages with icons or other easy-to-read labels; and provide benefits such as nutrition counseling and education to support employees in their health improvement efforts. Now in its fourth year, this interactive competition will celebrate the success of South Carolina employers and their food service staff members in creating good food that's good for their employees and visitors. 


This year’s competition will be held Sunday, Sept. 25 at historic Boone Hall Plantation, which will be transformed into a sea of culinary enchantment. Fifty of the Low Country’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants will be serving sample-size food portions with more than 10,000 people expected to attend the event. SCHA is also excited to be a part of the Iron Chef event at the newly-renovated Charleston Gaillard Center on Friday, Sept. 23. The event will showcase an iron chef-style competition between two teams, each consisting of one restaurant chef and one hospital chef. The teams will battle each other to see who can produce the best dishes incorporating the secret ingredient.


To buy tickets or learn more about either event, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Charleston! 

08-30-2016 01:34 (EDT)