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Help kids eat healthy with Recipe for Success cooking contest

January 14, 2014

Ready, set, assemble

Research shows the best way to convince kids to eat healthy food is by getting them involved in its preparation. That’s why Red River College is proud to support The Winnipeg Foundation’s Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest, which aims to nourish the potential of Winnipeg kids by getting them talking about, preparing and eating healthy sandwiches.

The contest encourages kids in Grades 4-6 to create their most outrageous, nutritious and delicious sandwich and share it in a video entry to win.

Up for grabs is one of three $500 grants to support healthy food at a school or community organization, plus one of five Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventures at RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. As well, the winning sandwich recipe will be featured at RRC’s Culinary Exchange.

Winning teams will be determined by a panel of judges, including Keith Muller, dean of RRC’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. (An additional People’s Choice winner will be determined by public votes.)

“We’re honoured to be partnering with The Winnipeg Foundation on such an important initiative,” says Müller. “It’s important to start talking about nutrition early but it’s also important to show kids how easy it is to make healthy choices using the right ingredients. I can’t wait to see what these students will come up with.”

Here’s how to enter the Recipe for Success Contest:

  • Grab a group of two to four kids in Grades 4-6.
  • Create the most outrageous, nutritious and delicious sandwich.
  • Make a video – up to three minutes in length – demonstrating how to make the sandwich.
  • Submit the video  by March 14, 2014.
  • Visit for complete contest details.

Why is the Winnipeg Foundation spearheading this initiative? “We believe all kids have a right to healthy and affordable food,” says Foundation CEO Richard Frost. “We know sometimes a sandwich is more than a sandwich – it’s a building block for a better future.”

The Foundation funds a variety of programs that help kids access healthy food and food skills including the Nourishing Potential Endowment Fund, which supports after-school food access, cooking skills development and nutrition education. The Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest is presented in support of Nourishing Potential.

For more information about the contest, please contact Stacy Cardigan Smith, Communications Officer with The Winnipeg Foundation, at or 204.944.9474, ext. 244.