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54 Kids to Attend "State Dinner" at White House on August 20 in Honor of Their
Nutritious, Delicious Dishes

New York, NY (July 25, 2012) - Epicurious and First Lady Michelle Obama, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture today announced the winners of a nationwide recipe challenge to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" will recognize 54 winners, ages 8-12 and representing all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia, who will attend a Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on August 20. The group will join The First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a tour of the White House kitchen garden.

"With more than 1,200 entries submitted from all across the country, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge truly represents the cooking creativity of our entire nation," said First Lady Michelle Obama. "Our judges had a great time tasting the finalists' dishes and I can't wait to try their tasty creations myself at our "Kids State Dinner" at the White House. As a mom, I know how cooking with your kids can open them up to trying new healthy foods and I am eager to see what our finalists dreamed up to help kids enjoy nutritious lunches so they grow up healthy and strong."

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge received more than 1,200 entries for nutritious, delicious lunches that were both creative and sophisticated, ranging from sizzling tofu with green onions to scrumptious salmon salad. The winners and featured recipes include:

Falcon Wiles, age 9 (Mt. Brook, AL) - "Alabama's Yummy Summer Soup"
Aaron Blust, age 9 (Juneau, AK) - "Alaska Teriyaki Salmon Wrap"
Haile Thomas, age 11 (Tucson, AZ) - "Quinoa, Black Bean & Corn Salad"
Trey Sims, age 12 (Charleston, AR- "Kickin' Chicken Salad"
Sean Reichbach, age 9 (Sherman Oaks, CA) - "Sean's 3-Pepper Soup"
Aidan Gould, age 12 (Golden, CO) - "Rainbow Salad w/Black Beans, Homegrown Mint & Lemon"
Betsy DaSilva, age 10 (Cos Cob, CT) - "Heavenly lunch"
Jourdann Latney, age 12 (Wilmington, DE) - "Stuffed Tomatoes"
Ilianna Gonzales-Evans, age 11 (Washington, DC) - "Mexican Delight"
Deborah Goncalves, age 12 (Tampa, FL) - "Triple F - Fake Fast Food"
Haley Matthews, age 12 (Dunwoody, GA) - "Stuffed Zucchini Boat"
Stefani Shimomura-Sakamoto, age 11 (Honolulu, HI) - "Scrumptious Salmon Salad Lunch"
Elena Guylay, age 11 (Ketchum, ID) - "Fiesta Casserole"
Jonah Schaik, age 12 (Hinsdale, IL) - "Jonah's Pesto Pasta"
Alexander Aylward, age 8 (Ft. Wayne, IN) - "Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Chicken"
Ajani Patton-Imani, age 8 (Des Moines, IA) - "Yummy Corn Wraps"
Rori Coyne, age 12 (Shawnee, KS) - "Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes"
Myka Smith-Jackson, age 8 (Lexington, KY) - "Myka's Perfect Curry Chicken Wraps"
Michael Prados, age 12 (Baton Rouge, LA) - "Fish Tacos"
Annalee Carroll, age 12 (Union, Maine) - "Dumplings and Veggie Sushi"
Samuel Hightower, age 10 (Columbia, MD) - "Sizzling Tofu with Green Onions and Sugar Snap Pea"
Rachel Goldsmith-Levitt, age 11 (Northampton, MA) - "Tapenade and Goat Cheese Sandwich"
Avery McNew, age 8 (Niles, MI) - "Apple Oat Balls!"
Riley Sorensen, age 12 (Carver, MN) - "Stuffed Red Peppers and Banana Oat Stacks"
Linda Martinez, age 12 (Madison, MS) - "Mississippi Tacos"
Kyle Moore, age 12 (Lebanon, MO) - "Chicken Spinach Pasta"
Kayla Wayman, age 9 (Billings, MT) - "Kayla's Garden Chicken Pizza"
Aaron Beckman, age 8 (Omaha, NE) - "Apple Alien"
Alexea Wagner, age 9 (Reno, NV) - "Vegan Sloppy Joes, Kale Salad"
Ella Barrett, age 8 (Orange, NH) - "Black Bean and Avocado Burrito with Pineapple Salsa"
Tarteel Idais, age 9 (Mt. Laurel, NJ) - "The Golden Plate"
Emma Kenney, age 9 (Las Cruces, NM) - "Baked Chicken Wrap with Nectarine Avocado Salsa"
Samuel Wohabe, age 9 (New York, NY) - "Fish Fueled Pepper Rocket with Kale Chips and Quinoa"
Sydney Brown, age 11 (Fuquay-Varina, NC) - "Sydney's Homerun Meatloaf Burger"
Logan Rosene, age 8 (Horace, ND) - "Logan's Favorite Turkey Vegetable Soup"
Esther Huh, age 11 (Saipan, MP) - "Pitaya Healthy Salad"
Logan Kendall, age 11 (Hinkley, OH) - "Shredded Veggie Wrap"
Harrison Booker, age 9 (Edmon, OK) - "Power Pesto Pasta
Robert Robinson, age 9 (Hillsboro, OR) - "Veggie Pizza"
Evan Clark, age 9 (Bala Cynwyd, PA) - "Falafel Wrap with Apple, Carrot, and Cranberry Slaw"
Ariana Lugo, age 9 (Trujillo Alto, PR) - "Sushi for Kids"
Caroline Cowart, age 12 (Cranston, RI) - "Broccoli and Cheese Egg White Omelet"
Lauren Kuperman, age 12 (Lexington, SC) - "Fun with Lunch"
Eva Farley, age 8 (Brandon, SD) - "Miss Kitty's Egg Salad Sensation"
Logan Guleff , age 9(Memphis, TN) - "Tuna Schooners"
Michael Lakind, age 9 (Sugarland, TX) - "Bunny Bisque and Secret Service Super Salad"
Lahav Ardi, age 9 (Salt Lake City, UT) - "Lahav's Lentil Veggie Soup"
Laura Printon, age 9 (Essex Jct.,VT) - "Backyard Garden Salsa Tortillas"
Gabriel Reed, age 11 (St. Thomas, VI) - "Vegetarian Lasagna"
Madeleine Steppel, age 9 (Reston, VA) - "Fish Chowder with Fruity Salad"
Arla Sutton, age 9 (Olga, WA) - "Salad Noodle Wraps"
Alexis Nelson, age 10 (Crab Orchard, WV) - "Golden Moroccan Butternut Stew"
Finwe Wiedenhoeft, age 9 (Mineral Point, WI) - "Barbecue Cheddar Chickpea Burgers"
Grace Ratchford, age 12 (Rock Springs, WY) - "Macaroni Casserole"

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" invited a parent or guardian to work with their child to create an original lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty. In support of Let's Move!, launched by the First Lady to help solve the problem of childhood obesity, entrants were encouraged to reference the nutritional guidelines of the USDA site,, to ensure recipes met the primary criterion of being healthier. Entries had to represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruit, vegetables, whole grains, protein and low-fat dairy foods.

The winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included Epicurious editor-in-chief Tanya Steel, Assistant White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, celebrity chef Jose Andres and representatives from the USDA and Department of Education. The full list of winners and recipes can be found online at Additionally, a free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes, including nutritional analyses, photos and drawings, will be available in late August at,,, and

"Our tasting panel was absolutely amazed at the variety of sophisticated, healthy recipes we received that included not only chicken breast, whole-wheat pasta and fresh fruit, but more surprising ingredients like quinoa and salmon," said Tanya Steel. "What was especially wonderful were the heartfelt stories about why it was important to eat healthy. These kids understand that you are what you eat and that they need to strengthen their bodies and their minds with the most wholesome food possible. We are so thankful to Mrs. Obama for teaming up with Epicurious to help raise awareness for the importance of a healthy diet among kids."

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