Winners Announced for the Kids Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

Michelle Obama to host a Kids’ ‘State Dinner’ for winners

Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod Potato Cake created by 10-year-old Abby Newman.

First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have named the winners of this year’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, which challenges kids aged 8 to 12 across the United States to come up with a “healthy, affordable, original, and delicious lunch recipe,” according to a release. The winners, which represent all U.S. states, five territories, and the District of Columbia, will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” hosted by Mrs. Obama herself.

“For the last five years, kids across the country have cooked up nutritious and delicious dishes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each year, I continue to be impressed by their talent and creativity,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “Kids are truly embracing and enjoying healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for their families, and I look forward to meeting this year's winners here at the White House for the Kids' ‘State Dinner’ and trying some of their tasty creations.”

This year, special focus was placed on “homegrown pride” and entries using local ingredients were encouraged. There were over 1,200 entries.

Some winner highlights and their recipes include 10-year-old Scarlet Summers’ Scarlet’s Southwest Barack-A-Bowl, Cannon Meiers’ (age 8) Cannon’s California Rolls, 8-year-old Grayson Giles’ Quinoa-Crusted Katsu Curry with Cauliflower Rice, and Abby Newman’s (age 10) Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod Potato Cake.

The full list of winners can be found on the PBS website, and all the winning recipes will be available on July 14.


For some more recipe inspiration, check out these 10 healthy make-ahead meals