Today at the White House, 54 kids from across the country will join Michelle Obama in a super adorable Kids’ State Dinner, which they won by submitting healthy recipes to a contest run by her anti-obesity initiative Let’s Move! (Okay, technically it’s a luncheon and not a state dinner, but come on. It’s not like children know which fork to use with what course.)
Out of over 1,100 submissions, 100 were selected as finalists, and a winner was selected from each state and territory by a panel that included Sam Kass, Epicurious.com’s editor-in-chief Tanya Steele, and Jose Andres.
Having Jose Andres judge your competition is always a good thing, because he is just so darn enthusiastic all the time. He was so excited about the entrants’ foods in this video that he actually considered using their ideas in his restaurants.
“I already have my winner,” Andres declared, “…but. This is a democracy, and this is many judges, and everyone is voting. And obviously, the judges do not know as much as I do about what the right dish is–”
“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” interrupted Kass. “That is nonsense. We still have, like, 20 more to go, so he doesn’t know the winner yet.”
“Okay, but I’m gonna tell you what. I have my winner already. But it’s secret.” His voice drops to a conspiratorial whisper. “But if corn, kale’s involved, that’s my winner.”
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