A 9-year-old from Mount Pleasant is among the winners of a national healthy lunch recipe challenge sponsored by First Lady Michelle Obama, Epicurious and two government agencies, the White House announced today.
Corbin Jackson was among 54 winners in the contest, scoring with his “Bring it On, Brussels Sprout Wrap!” recipe.
He and other winners have been invited to attend a dinner at the White House on July 9. The winners represent all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia.
The winners will join Michelle Obama for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden.
“Our Kids’ State Dinner is one of my favorite events of the year, and the kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to impress and inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity,” she said in a statement.
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invited a parent or guardian to work with their child, ages 8-12, to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original and delicious.
Entries had to represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe.
The second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, originated by Epicurious to promote healthy eating among America’s youth, received more than 1,300 entries.