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Connecticut Students Cook up Healthy Recipes in Kids’ Cooking Challenge

Posted on 05/28/2014

Valley School Districts in Connecticut teamed up with the local hospital to launch a school wellness initiative – featuring a healthy cooking competition for students.

A student prepares her healthy dish

The competition, which took place at a local restaurant, tested the culinary skills of four amateur chefs. Competitors also had an adult alongside them to lend a hand if needed.

A sixth-grade student from Seymour Middle School created the winning dish – a black bean and corn salad. All of the recipes will be featured on the restaurant’s menu this week!

The VITAHLS Healthy Cooking Challenge was sponsored by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center at Griffin Hospital.

“VITAHLS stands for Valley Initiative to Advance Health and Learning in Schools. Valley school districts have been participating in the initiative since 2011,” said Cindy Brooks, director of Seymour Food Service.

Emcee of the challenge was Neil Fuentes, also known as The Singing Chef, who has been featured on Food Network’s “Chopped.” Judges included Mayor David S. Cassetti as well as local government officials and school administrators.

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  • Tom June 5th, 2014 9:41 pm

    If more children were involved in preparing their own meals at home, (with help of course) they would be more likely to accept a fresher, less processed menu in school.

  • Kelley Wassermann June 19th, 2014 7:23 pm

    Would you share the winning recipe? Sounds yummy!

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