Ten budding young chefs prepared and served up their healthy Super Bowl snack creations to a panel of celebrity judges Tuesday.
Dishes ranged from Sanjay Scott Redd’s homemade granola infused with turmeric to Naimah Muhammed’s spiced pumpkin hummus with cayenne and garlic.
Scott Redd is a 13-year-old from Highland Middle School in St. Paul. Muhammed is an 11-year-old who attends Marcy Open School in Minneapolis.
They were two of ten finalists at the Breaking Bread Cafe http://breakingbreadfoods.com/for the competitiion.
Muhammed served her homemade hummus with toasted pita bread and red peppers for dipping. She said she came up with the idea because she loves pumpkin in the fall and spicy food. She’s a well-rounded cook already, too. Some of her favorite dishes to prepare are spaghetti, barley soup and vegetarian Thai curry.
Chef-restaurateur David Fhima asked Scott Redd if he added sugar to his granola or the sweetness came from the dried bananas. Scott Redd said it was the bananas.
Morgan Myers, a third-grader at Lake Harriet Lower Campus in Minneapolis, prepared Touchdown Chinese Lefse Chicken Rollups.
Chef and television personality Andrew Zimmern asked her where she got the inspiration to combine the flavors. Myers responded, “My mom is part Norwegian and I’m part Chinese.”
Kingston Brooks, a fifth-grader at Burroughs Community School in Minneapolis, served Bold Broccoli & Cheese Skin Potatoes. The panelists were intrigued and inquired about the spice blend he used.
Gavin Kaysen, owner of Spoon & Stable and Bellecourhttps://bellecourrestaurant.com/, interjected, “Kingston, don’t tell. Just tell them to go on your website or buy the book.”
The event is part of the 52 weeks of giving leading up to the Super Bowl Feb. 4http://www.mnsuperbowl.com/about/legacy-fund. The snack challenge winner will be able to designate a healthy charity to receive a $25,000 grant.
Breaking Bread Café and Catering, one of Appetite for Change’s enterprises. Newman’s Own Foundation is supporting the program.
The results won’t be public until the challenge tailgating party on Jan. 31 at a location that has yet to be determined.