Last Thursday, February 23, FPOP had the pleasure of hosting Teen Battle Chef, sponsored by HealthCorps and USANA Health Sciences. The cook-off featured high-school students from the New York and New Jersey who came to display their cooking skills and nutrition knowledge. The Teen Battle Chef program, through a partnership with HealthCorps, empowers teenagers by teaching them cooking skills and providing them with valuable nutrition information in a fun and experiential way.
HealthCorps coordinators are charged with leading cooking courses and preparing students for the Teen Battle Chef competition. But these two teams of impressive budding chefs stole the spotlight, as they guided the audience on a culinary journey to demonstrate what they’ve learned about healthy foods, appreciation for culture-specific foods, and cooking techniques (remember the bear claw!). Judging this competition was no easy task, but HealthCorps brought in some of the best in the business: HealthCorps Co-Founders, Dr. Oz and Lisa Oz; USANA Health Sciences Co-Founders, Dave Wentz and Dr. Myron Wentz; celebrity chef and cookbook author, Rocco DiSpirito, and Top Chef America winner, Chef Michael Ferraro.
The smells wafting in the air prepared the judges for a difficult decision, but taste wasn’t everything. The teams also had the opportunity to win on presentation and engagement with the audience. One team (the Red Hot Raiders) prepared mixed spicy Kenyan greens with coconut milk, while the other (the Black Eyed Beans) made a black eyed peas and collard soup with golden beets and ham. Salivating yet? Oh yes, we also learned that “black eyed peas” are actually beans!
In the end, the Red Hot Raiders took the cake (better yet, some of Chef Dispirito’s low-calorie, but delicious, black bean cupcakes) for taste, and the Black Eyed Beans won for best presentation. Despite the awesome Circulon cooking set each contestant got to take home as a prize, they made sure we all knew it wasn’t just about winning. According to one of the students, the cook-off was about food activism, education, fitness, and
mental strength. We couldn’t agree more.
We would like to thank the students, the judges, Mailman School of Public Health, HealthCorps, USANA, Family Cook Productions, and all of the individuals who made this wonderful event possible! Thank You!
For more information about the Teen Battle Chef Event, hosted by FPOP, please visit the press releases linked below.
Teen Battle Chef Cook Judged by Dr. Oz of Health Corps, Paula Duffy, HULIQ
USANA Health Sciences Works with Dr. Oz and Health Corps to Fight Childhood Obesity, PRNewswire