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May 25, 2011

Burke In the National Spotlight: USDA Visits As Part of Healthy Kids Initiative

On Wednesday, May 25, a judging team representing the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) visited Burke Middle High School, which was recently named as a semi-finalist in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge. The video below provides insight into the contest and Burke's winning recipe!

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About the Recipe & Contest

The First Lady and USDA launched the competition last September, challenging teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus.

Burke Middle High School's recipe, called Confetti Soup, submitted by Burke Middle High School, was among 15 recipes chosen to move forward in the competition from schools in 11 states. From among the 340 entries submitted, five were selected in each of three categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.

A judging team comprised of a USDA staff member, an American Culinary Federation chef, and a school nutrition professional, will help determine the three finalists (one from each category) that will participate in a national cook-off event at the American Culinary Federation Conference in Grapevine, Texas, on July 25.

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