I’m excited to be partnering with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to share the Kids Fit Menu Challenge with you guys. Local high schools competed for a chance to have their culinary creation added to the Cheddar’s Kid Fit Menu. All opinions are my own.
The first time I ate at Cheddar’s was about a week after I moved to Texas. We didn’t have Cheddar’s in California, so, like everything else the Lonestar state had to offer, it was completely new to me.
Y’all, it was awesome. It’s been almost 13 years and I still remember that side salad!
Earlier this month I got to attend the Kids Fit Menu Challenge, where local high schools brought their best kid-friendly dishes for a chance to win a spot on the Cheddar’s Kid Fit Menu (how awesome is that?).
Local high school students attended the Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen headquarters in Irving, TX, earlier this month. I don’t spend much time in my own kitchen, but being in a test kitchen was a super cool experience for me. It’s an exact replica of the kitchens you would find in any Cheddar’s restuarant near you. It’s huge, and super intimidating to a non-chef like myself.
Judging the competition were Ian Baines, the President and CEO of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Tara O’Donnell (you might recognize her as the winner of Chopped Junior!), and kid judge Sebastian Schaefer.
The judges had to pick from four delicious meals, prepared in the kitchen by the local high school chef teams. In order to be considered, each meal had to contain at least one cup of fruit and/or veggies, as well as meet tight nutritional criteria (like sodium and sugar restrictions, to name a couple).
Kids Fit works with more than 45 schools in the DFW area, and chose the students participating today because they are all continuing their culinary arts educations after high school. In fact, winners received scholarships from Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen (along with their dish being featured on the kids’ menus in select locations!).
The winners were Vivian Martin and Kaitlyn Flenker from Buinger Career and Technology Education Academy and Abelardo Villegas and Hope Cachay from Jack E. Singley Academy.
The Cheddar’s Kid Fit menu features fruits and veggies and encourages kids to eat healthier while taking into consideration the sometimes, ahem, picky nature of kids. I was a picky kid – in fact, some would call me a picky adult! But I like to call it selective. 😉
You can find your local Cheddar’s menu here. This summer, when the new additions hit the Kid Fit Menu, I’ll be checking them out and sharing here, so stay tuned!
What’s your favorite thing to eat at Cheddar’s?
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