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Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge Open For Submissions

Posted on: January 8th, 2018 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

Do you have (or know) a kid that likes to cook? You may want to let them know about Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge.

Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge Open For SubmissionsBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is searching for the next great kid chef to create a delicious and healthy side dish recipe for its eighth annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge.

Children ages nine through 12 that live anywhere within the state of Arizona are invited to submit their healthy and tasty side dish creations online anytime from now to January 24th.

Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge Submissions must follow these guidelines:

  • An original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
  • It must include at least one fruit or vegetable
  • It should be able to be prepared within 20 minutes (not including prep time)

Once all the submissions have been received, they will be evaluated and the top five recipes will be selected by a panel of experts. These experts will evaluate the recipes based on nutritional value, taste and originality. Those finalists will be invited to present their creations at a Phoenix Suns home game on February 10th at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. After the cooking demonstrations, recipes will be posted online for a public vote from February 10th through February 21st.

“Every year of the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge, we are so amazed with the sophisticated palates participants have demonstrated – from quinoa and avocado to mango, beets and zucchini, the participants always impress us with their use of nutrition-rich ingredients,” said Myrna Collins, health promotion executive, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “I love that the contest provides a great platform for parents to impress upon kids that nutritious food can also be great tasting.”

Last years winner, Katie Cafferelli, was an 11-year-old from Scottsdale. She created a dish called Totally Ave-Some and combines many colorful and healthy ingredients including avocado, red peppers, black beans and mangos.

“I love to cook and eating healthy is really important because that’s how you stay healthy when you’re older and it makes you happier,” said Katie. “One of my favorite things is avocado and the rest of the ingredients are colorful and full of antioxidants.”

Want to enter? Make sure to check out the complete contest rules and get your submission in no later than January 24th.


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© Taryn Jeffries 2018

About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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