What’s your perfect sandwich? Maybe it’s a grilled cheese with bacon and avocado? Or a falafel pita with cucumbers and purple onion? Perhaps you’re an egg salad person, or peanut butter and apple? Or maybe you forgo the bread altogether with an Asian lettuce wrap? No matter what you prefer, there’s nothing like your favourite sandwich.
Now, a local contest presented by The Winnipeg Foundation is giving kids the opportunity to share their most creative sandwich recipes for a chance to win big, while getting excited about eating healthy.
The Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest encourages teams of between two to four kids in grades 4 – 6 to shoot a video about their most nutritious and delicious sandwich recipe for a chance to win big.
Up for grabs are three $500 grants to support healthy food at a school or community organization, five Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventures at Red River College’s (RRC) School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, plus the winning sandwich recipe will be featured at RRC’s Culinary Exchange restaurant.
“We’re hoping to see some really imaginative sandwiches,” says Richard Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “It can be a breakfast, lunch or dinner sandwich. And plain white bread need not apply – we want to see wraps, pitas, even lettuce. Anything goes, so long as it’s healthy.”
Sandwich recipes can have a maximum of five ingredients, not including the “bread” or whatever it is that contains the sandwich.
Videos entries can be up to three minutes in length. The contest, which is open to residents of Winnipeg, runs until Mar. 14, with a People’s Choice public voting phase from Mar. 17 to 28.
The Winner and Runner-up teams will be determined by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice team will be determined by public votes. In addition, two teams will win Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventures based on a wild card draw.
What is a Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventure? It’s an awesome food-filled day for the winning teams at RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. Teams will get a cooking demo and lesson with a professional chef and the chance to create their own culinary masterpieces. Plus they’ll receive a delicious lunch for the teams and up to two adult guests per team member, as well as an exclusive viewing of the top video entries.
The contest goals are to get kids eating healthy food and to show them healthy choices don’t have to be complicated.
“We know sometimes a sandwich is more than a sandwich – it’s a building block for a better future,” Frost says. “Research shows the best way to get kids to eat healthy food is by getting them involved in preparing it. That’s why the Recipe for Success Contest aims to nourish the potential of Winnipeg kids by getting them talking about, preparing and eating healthy sandwiches.”
The Winnipeg Foundation supports a variety of programs that help kids access healthy food and cooking skills, including the Nourishing Potential Endowment Fund.
Visit www.wpgfdn.org/recipe-for-success for complete contest details.
You can also check out the Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest promo video: