Cooking Competition to Tackle America’s Health Problems

The James Beard Foundation partners with Clinton Foundation to launch cooking competition
Staff Writer


Two influential non-profits create cooking competition to promote the power of healthy eating in America.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced a new partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and Palisades Media Ventures to launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge, an innovative cooking competition that focuses on healthy eating and nutrition for American home cooks.

Auditions are open to the American public, and a lucky six contestants will win the coveted opportunity to train with James Beard award-winning chefs. The celebrity chef trainers include James Beard Award winners Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia in Chicago and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill in Los Angeles and of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. The chefs will teach their teammates how to cook fast, healthy meals with fewer than 800 calories per serving.

The program aims to raise awareness and efforts to reduce the rising obesity rates and nutritional-related illnesses among Americans. The final contestants will get to attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference and bring their new skills to a live cooking challenge at the conference. A panel of celebrity judges will select a winner and winning recipe. Click here for more information or to apply.

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