Healthy Hospital Initiative Reveals Winners of the Third Annual Cooking Competition

The DCHA Program Services Company, Inc, the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s non-profit arm, awarded its third Healthy Hospital Initiative (HHI) Cooking Competition winners, sponsored by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. DCHA recognized the exceptional teams and individuals for their best, plant-based healthy dishes. The teams and individuals were recognized at a virtual reveal on May 25.

“We are so pleased to recognize and celebrate individuals and teams for working to make hospital food healthy and delicious for patients, staff and the community,” said DCHA President & CEO Jacqueline D. Bowens. “For more than five years, DC hospitals have made healthy meal options a priority. These hospitals and chefs made mouth-watering dishes proving that healthfulness is possible whether cooking for one or 100.”

The 2023 HHI Cooking Competition Awards were given to the following hospitals and individuals:

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Overall Winner

  • Chef Artis Crum

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Best Entrée

  • Open-Faced Purple Carrots Ravioli

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital: Best Side Dish

  • Carrot Cilantro Couscous Salad

مستشفى MedStar الوطني لإعادة التأهيل: أفضل حلوى

  • Vegan Carrot Halwa Pistachio Trifle

MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital: Taste & Appearance

  • Chef Artis Crum

Psychiatric Institute of Washington: Originality & Video Quality

  • الشيف كيفن براون

MedStar Washington Hospital Center: Nutrition & Creativity

  • Chef Matthew Galo

The dishes used carrots as the plant-based, secret ingredient, to make their dishes unique, creative, and delicious. Winners were presented with trophies, monetary awards, and most importantly, bragging rights on what hospital has the most delicious food.

Watch the recording of the reveal.


The Healthy Hospital Initiative is a partnership between the DCHA Program Services Company, Inc., and DC Health to reduce the availability and consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and sodium intake, and to promote healthier choices in district hospitals.


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