Talented Kid Chefs Statewide Take the Walk On! Cooking Challenge

2016 Walk On Finalists Suns Floor

By Bharat Venkatesh

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the largest Arizona-based health insurance company, is on the lookout for the next great kid chef who can create an original, nutritious and great-tasting side dish recipe in its seventh annual cooking contest, the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge.

The goal of the contest is to motivate the young culinary masterminds living all over Arizona, between the ages of 9-12, to submit their healthy and delicious recipes for a chance to win a new bike. Moreover, the finalists will also receive the opportunity to prepare and share their masterpiece at a Phoenix Suns home game on February 10 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.

“The Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge is one of the best ways to impress upon kids that nutrition-rich ingredients can also be great-tasting,” said Myrna Collins, health promotion executive for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “Year after year we are inspired and impressed with the delicious recipes our budding chefs create, and we can’t wait to see what this year’s participants bring.”

Potential contestants may submit recipes up to Jan 25, and the recipes must adhere to the following rules:

  • An original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
  • Include at least one fruit and/or vegetable
  • Able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time)

Cooking Contest 2015

Five finalists will be selected according to the criteria of nutritional value, taste and originality of their recipes, and these recipes will be posted online at walkonaz.com after the cooking demonstrations at the Phoenix Suns game for a public vote. Voting will be open from February 10-22.

The winning dish of last year’s contest was a unique and colorful Rainbow Mango Strawberry Salad Taco prepared by Briony Campisi, an 11-year-old from Phoenix. “I entered the contest because I thought I could test my limits,” she said. “I’ve been cooking for a long time with my mom, and I thought this contest would be a great way to see what I could do on my own!” View her recipe on the Green Living website here: greenlivingaz.com/recipe-mango-salad-taco/

Visit walkonaz.com for complete contest details and to submit a recipe. All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

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