Michelle Obama Is Sponsoring a Kids’ Cooking Competition

Winners will get to attend a 'Kids' State Dinner' at the White House.

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If your child is destined for Chopped Juniorhe or she could be your ticket to the White House.

Michelle Obama, in collaboration with Boston’s WGBH, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, announced today the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner. The challenge asks kids ages 8 to 12 (with help from a parent or guardian) to come up with a healthy, affordable original lunch recipe. One winner from each state will be invited to the Kids’ State Dinner—featuring a guest appearance from Rachael Ray—this summer, and have their creations featured in an e-cookbook.

Each recipe must include fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean protein, and whole grains, either in the main dish or a side. Bonus points go to anybody who uses local ingredients.

Parents can register on behalf of their youngsters here. Entries must be submitted by April 4.

While all submissions must be original recipes, here are some ideas to pique your child’s creativity—and tastebuds: