Kid Food Nation winners at our virtual gala with YTV hosts Spencer & Tyra and celebrity Chef Lynn Crawford
TORONTO, ON [November 30, 2020] – Created through the partnership of President’s Choice Children’s Charity, Corus Entertainment, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, and generously funded by the Government of Canada, the fourth annual Kid Food Nation national recipe contest asked young chefs aged 7 – 13 to submit original, healthy recipes that highlighted their culture or their Canadian pride.
Along with a prize pack that included a tablet, culinary tools, and a custom Kid Food Nation chef jacket and apron, our English-speaking winners enjoyed a virtual cooking class hosted by Chef Lynn Crawford and YTV hosts Spencer Litzinger & Tyra Sweet, while our French-speaking winners had their cooking class with Chef Marysol Foucault.
All the delicious winning recipes, including Seaweed Bread Bowl, Pandemic Chicken, Crunchy Pesto Baguette, and Cloudy Island Cod, as well as recipes and forewords from Chef Crawford and Chef Foucault, are featured in the Kid Food Nation Cookbook, Volume 4, available for purchase from the publisher Les Éditions Cardinal.
The national recipe contest is designed to bring awareness to the Kid Food Nation program that runs at Boys and Girls Clubs across the country. Generously supported by President’s Choice Children’s Charity, the Government of Canada, and Corus Entertainment, the eight-week Kid Food Nation curriculum has four main goals:
- Teach children aged 7-12 essential culinary skills
- Encourage healthy choices about the food they eat
- Empower parents and families to plan, prepare, and cook healthy meals and snacks
- Foster healthy habits for life
To date, the program has run at 80 per cent of all Boys and Girls Clubs across the country—and it’s working! Over 2,000 kids have taken part in the program and 3 out of 4 participants say they tried a new recipe at home.
President’s Choice Children’s Charity is Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada’s most significant nutrition partner. Along with Kid Food Nation, they support Basic Needs Brighter Future, Project Backpack, and Summertime Eat Well—together, the four programs ensure that all 200,000 Boys and Girls Club members eat well and thrive all year round.
Kid Food Nation also consists of a free, public website (kidfoodnation.com) created by Corus Entertainment, which includes games, videos, tips about healthy eating, fun cooking facts, recipes, and more.
Jared Morrow, Media Relations Manager