Corbin Jackson of Mount Pleasant is an otherwise typical 9-year-old boy with a particular talent in the kitchen that has won him a trip to Washington, D.C.
Corbin was among a group of 54 winners — one from each state and territory — of first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which earned him a trip to the White House on July 9. The winners will join the first lady for a healthy lunch and a visit to the White House kitchen garden.
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invited a parent or guardian to work with their child, ages 8 to 12, to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original and tasty. Corbin’s recipe was one of more than 1,300 entries.
Corbin’s dish, named the “Bring it On, Brussels Sprout Wrap,” features an ingredient — Brussels sprouts — not usually on the menu for most kids.
“I used to not like them, but I liked the way my mom made them once,” Corbin said.
His wrap calls for avocado, lime juice, spices, pinto beans and a whole-wheat tortilla, along with the Brussels sprouts.
Corbin’s mom, Kerrie Poulin, praised her son for helping in the kitchen at such a young age.
“I give him full credit for putting it all together,” she said.
Corbin comes from a healthy-eating household where no meat is eaten. Like any 9-year-old though, Corbin said one of his favorite things to do, along with playing soccer and watching TV, is to eat candy.
Corbin and his mother are excited about the trip, in which a one-night hotel stay and their airfare will be covered. Poulin said they were lucky enough to add two nights onto their trip, thanks to a cousin who lives in the D.C. area.
Corbin, who just finished third grade, is a big help in the kitchen, according to his mom. She said she gives Corbin and his sister small jobs in the kitchen when they’re not outside or playing with their friends.
He said that while he loves to cook, he doesn’t know if he wants to be a chef just quite yet.
“I’ll definitely probably cook, just for my family,” Corbin said.