Sponsored by Family Health Care Network, the 6th Annual Central Valley Kids Cook-Off returns to the Home EXPO on Saturday starting at 11am.
The recipes selected by the staff and students at the Institute of Technology Culinary School for our two groups of finalists are:
Jazemine Molina, 9 (Porterville) West Putnam Elementary
Recipe: Tiny Taco Cups with Orange & Avocado Salad
Jackie Oliveras, 9 (Ivanhoe) Ivanhoe Elementary
Recipe: Chicken with Mozzarella Cheese & Dried Tomatoes and Mango Smoothie
Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms & Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
Alesandre Widman, 10 (Orosi) Golden Valley Elementary
GROUP B: (ages 11-16):
NAME CITY SCHOOL
Sarah Dresp, 11 (Visalia) Grace Christian
Noellia Gonzales, 13 (Visalia) Green Acres Middle School
Recipe: Marinated Chicken Stir Fry with Fried Rice Stir Fry
Jessica Hogan, 11 (Exeter) Wilson
Recipe: Baked Chicken Parmesan Sourdough Sandwich with Caesar Salad
Recipe: Yellow Curry Chicken With Rice
Recipe: Asian Steak Salad & California Peanut Butter Cups
The competition will be held at the Visalia Convention Center and each child will be paired with a student from the Institute of Technology Culinary School in Fresno. The student role will be to oversee safety, help watch the clock, and ensure the child has a successful experience.
The children present their finished recipes to four judges who are food service professionals. First place winners receive special recognition by winning a party for 10 from Build-A-Bear Workshop (younger group) and four passports to Disneyland Resort including a tour of their restaurant facilities (older group). All other finalists will receive prizes from Comcast, the Visalia Mall Macy’s and JC Penney stores.
The cook-off will be hosted by Kathy Powers, host of “Hey Kids Let’s Cook’. As the CEO, Executive Producer, and host, Kathy Powers began the Award Winning children’s television production Hey Kids, Let’s Cook! over seven years ago.
Her goal was and still is to help children live healthy lives by teaching them how to cook mo uth-watering, nutritious recipes. Through her nearly 30 year career as a public education teacher, and personally teaching over 8,000 children and teens nutrition, cooking skills, and irresistible recipes, she knows that kids love to cook. The one of a kind, unique cooking show - Hey Kids, Let’s Cook! supports the topics that are currently a national focus: helping to lower the epidemic of childhood obesity, and reverse the rise of type 2 diabetes while encouraging children to have healthy eating habits, and make healthier choices.
The Award Winning, national PBS series Hey Kids, Let’s Cook! is currently in its 7th season. The show is now airing nationally and is currently featured on 7 of the top 10 markets including Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington D.C., serving 60% of U.S. Households
All contestants may be videotaped during the competition for later broadcast on Hey Kids Let’s Cook!
Participating organization in the cook-off include the Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts of Central South California, Fresno Unified Schools, Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia YMCA, Visalia Parks & Rec Department, and Young Chefs Academy.