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Saturday, March 20, 2010

'Kids Iron Chef' statewide competition today at Grace's Kitchen

Michele Obama wants to fight the nation's childhood obesity epidemic, and the Plainfield feeding program Grace's Kitchen, housed at Grace Episcopal Church, decided to pitch in.

From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. this afternoon three teams of young people aged 12-14 will face off in a competition to make the most scrumptious and healthy dinner with fresh ingredients they can imagine. They will have the toughest judges on earth -- other youngsters, aged 9-11.

The contest, which the public is invited to watch, is a project of the Junior Leagues of New Jersey with sponsorship by Whole Foods Markets. Attendees will have an opportunity to visit various health and nutrition stations throughout the Grace Church's parish hall before the competition gets under way and after the prize ceremony.

Youngsters from throughout the state, including Plainfield, will work in three teams -- Red, Blue and Orange -- under celebrity chefs from New Jersey.

Chef Pearl, a Newark native whose New Brunswick program 'Promise Culinary' trains underserved residents in the culinary arts, will have Team Red.

Chef Christopher, a New Jersey native who has been an executive chef for Whole Foods as well as hosting television cooking events, will have Team Blue.

Chef Ed, who grew up in Grace Church and served in the Marine Corps, is a recent graduate of the French Culinary Institute and is now pursuing a degree in business management. He will have Team Orange.

Notables participating in the program include Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Paramus) who will be master of ceremonies and special guest Sen. Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield).

The 'secret ingredient' teams will have to use in their recipes will be revealed jointly by Laura Hall of Whole Foods Market and Elsie Jenkins of the Plainfield Area YMCA.

The entire event will be taped by Cablevision.

Hope to see you there!

'Kids' Iron Chef' Competition

1:00 - 3:00 PM (Doors open at 12:45)

Hosted by Grace's Kitchen

The Feeding Program of Grace Episcopal Church
East 7th Street and Cleveland Avenue
(Parking in public lot across 7th Street)
Parish Hall entry is on Cleveland Avenue near East 6th Street

-- Dan Damon

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Sherrie Russell-Brown said...

Dear Dan, thank you for publicizing this event for many weeks and thank you for attending. As usual, it was great seeing you. I think it went well. I hope that we were able to convey Michelle Obama's message of the importance of making affordable healthy food available and encouraging kids to be more physically active. Yesterday, HHS awarded $372 million to forty-four communities for prevention and wellness projects and not one of those communities is located in New Jersey. Maybe we should send coverage of the Kids' Iron Chef event to Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative to let her know how the Plainfield community is pitching in to end childhood obesity! All best, Sherrie Russell-Brown