Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge Returns for 8th Year

Posted By on December 27, 2017

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is hosting its eighth annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge — where the top five finalists will sample their creations at the Phoenix Suns game on February 10.

“Every year of the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge, we are so amazed with the sophisticated palates participants have demonstrated – from quinoa and avocado to mango, beets and zucchini, the participants always impress us with their use of nutrition-rich ingredients,” said Myrna Collins, health promotion executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “I love that the contest provides a great platform for parents to impress upon kids that nutritious food can also be great tasting.”

To enter, children ages nine to 12-years-old must submit a healthy and original side dish recipe that includes at least one fruit or vegetable and can be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time).

Last year’s winner was 11-year-old Katie Cafferelli who submitted her “Totally Ave-Some” recipe, which included many healthy ingredients such as avocado, red peppers, black beans and mangos.

“I love to cook and eating healthy is really important because that’s how you stay healthy when you’re older and it makes you happier,” said Cafferelli. “One of my favorite things is avocado and the rest of the ingredients are colorful and full of antioxidants.”

This year’s prizes include a new bike.

Entries must be submitted by January 24.


Jamie Killin

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Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.