This post is sponsored by Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen.
One of our favorite family-friendly restaurants, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen teamed up with Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas for a special cooking competition, called the Kids Fit Menu Challenge, featuring local high schoolers as the cooks. I stopped by the competition at Cheddar’s test kitchen in Irving to see firsthand what the students were whipping up. The room was packed with excitement and full of the students’ families cheering them on. It was like a local version of Top Chef or Chopped!
The students were tasked with creating a kid-friendly menu item that consisted of at least one cup of veggies and/or fruits. They also had to meet specific nutritional values. Not only will the winning team get scholarship money to continue their culinary education, they will also have their menu item featured on the Cheddar’s kid’s menu in DFW.
The high schoolers took turns preparing their creative menu items and showcasing it in front of the judges. Among the panel was Cheddar’s CEO Ian Baines, Tara O’Donnell (Chopped Junior winner of 2016) and other guests hand-picked by Cheddar’s.
Not one but TWO teams came in first at the competition. (These kids were quite talented!) Each of the students has received a scholarship from Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen. From Buinger Career and Technology Education Academy (HEB ISD), the winners were Vivian Martin, Kaitlyn Flenker, and from Jack E Singley Academy (Irving ISD) were the winners Abelardo Villegas and Hope Cachay. Congrats to these students!
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen is built on three basic principles: simple, honest, and natural ingredients. Each of their scratch-made recipes are handcrafted with care and time. To learn more about the brand and to find a Cheddar’s near you, please visit the website.