June 15, 2007

Wellness & You

Kids Cooking Contest

The Kids Cooking Contest is designed as a Nutrition Education program to create an opportunity for students to learn about healthy foods and simple ways to prepare healthy snacks and meals. The contest cook-off was held Thursday, June 7, 2007 at the Chula Vista Elementary School District offices.

Starting in December and ending in February, students at 43 school sites were invited to submit recipes to the school cafeteria to be judged on:

· Nutrition
· Creativity
· Kid Friendly Preparation
· Fun Kid Food

Out of over 2,000 submissions, seven recipes were selected as finalists based on the above criteria. At the final cooking competition, an adult assisted the student chefs. Cooking stations were set up with all needed items to prepare the dishes and, in some cases, recipes requiring lengthy preparation were pre-made. Student chefs showed judges and spectators how to prepare the dishes and judging was completed that evening.

Student chefs included:
Lauren Allen, Casillas School, Lauren’s Strawberry Paradise
Abigail Andersen, McMillin School, Yummy Green Beans
Alejandra Hagewood, Allen School, Fresh Orange Juice
Kaleb Hilton, Halecrest School, Crunchy Chicken Salad
Etienne Rimmele. Cook School, Furry Fruit
Brittany Ruiz, Liberty School, Apple Granola
Christian Springa, Halecrest School, Cheesy Zucchini

Judges included:
Chequita Falls- Community Resource Specialist (Meals-on-Wheels)
Tina Medina- General Manager (Convention & Visitor Bureau)
Cynthia Martinez-AVP/Branch Manager (Mission Federal Credit Union)
Jerrold B. Siegel- President (Peartrees Catering Inc)
Mauricia Saucedo- Community Relations Liaison (CVESD)

The grand prize winner was Brittany Ruiz from Liberty Elementary School.

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