It was like a scene from a “Top Chef” competition on television.
In just under an hour, eight middle school students, paired with award-winning local chefs, frantically chopped, stirred and seared their culinary creations for a panel of local celebrity judges.
The Minneapolis Public Schools’ food department hosted its first Junior Chef competition to show students and parents how to use fresh ingredients in their everyday cooking and get students excited about eating healthy foods.
“We are raising awareness about the district’s shift away from processed and convenience food to clean eating,” said Andrea Northup, the district’s Farm to School coordinator and organizer of the event.
The students, selected from pool of 50 applicants, and their chefs were given turkey thighs and a medley of grains to create an entree and a side grain salad. They had an assortment of peppers, herbs and spices to choose from and were allowed to pick six “secret ingredients” from the store at the Wedge Table, the south Minneapolis market and cafe where the event was held...READ MORE
Source: Star Tribune