Surprise, Surprise, Surprise is what will be revealed as the 3rd Annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge takes place where the savor of delicious treats will be met in a fun-filled food competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida. Hosted by the Dairy Council of Florida, elementary and middle school students in groups of four are encouraged to create and submit an original recipe that features dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt. The deadline for submissions is February 29.
What a wonderful way for students to learn and appreciate food and nutritional values from the preparation standpoint. Understanding what we eat could well help us to be more aware of what we eat and the pros and cons as to why. The Gridiron Cooking Challenge gives students a close look into what helps to make a dish or meal tasty, economical and healthy in making them aware that there is more to eating than just having food that taste good when there is so much more at stake.
The top four student teams in each Florida NFL market – represented by the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars – will compete for the grand prize at the Gridiron Cooking Challenge as they create their recipe on-site in under 60 minutes. The students’ creations will be judged by a select group of distinguished professionals including NFL players, local celebrity chefs, Florida Dairy Farmers and Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors.
What’s in it for the winners—another big surprise as the winning team in each NFL market will receive a prize pack for their school valued at up to $2,500. Each student on the team will receive an iPad mini 2, among other prizes. This is an ideal situation for creative and adventurous students open to learn and gain so much in an active participation activity to earn as you learn valuable information and experiencing in something we all must do, eat food!!
“The Gridiron Cooking Challenge was developed to highlight the health benefits of dairy products and to emphasize the importance of an active lifestyle,” said Vanessa Hodak, VP School Health & Wellness for the Dairy Council of Florida. “Each year, we look forward to reviewing the recipes submitted and interacting with the students during the competitions in Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville.”
Recipe entry forms can be found on the Florida Dairy Farmers website, and can be submitted via mail or email.
The following are involved in the 3rd Annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge:
The Dairy Council of Florida works with schools, health professionals, social service agencies and others to educate Floridians on the health benefits of milk and other nutrient-rich dairy foods. Dairy Council of Florida programs are funded by Florida Dairy Farmers, which represents more than 130 dairy farming families throughout the state.
Florida Dairy Farmers is Florida’s milk promotion group, working to raise awareness of the dairy farming industry and the nutrient-rich foods it provides. FDF represents more than 130 dairy farming families throughout the state.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the U. S Department of Agriculture, to help encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. In Florida, 2.5 million students in 3,100 schools participate in Fuel Up to Play 60.
Source: Vanessa Tostes