Chef of the future

WAG’s next issue is all about the food.

Our annual celebration of the topic will be filled with stories about tasty dishes and chefs, restaurants and farms, bloggers and home entertaining – and so much more.

Just as we were going to press, we heard of a young chef who’s gained a bit of recognition.

Danielle Mazlish, a 10-year-old from Pound Ridge, has been named the New York winner in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

The national competition’s winners were announced by First Lady Michelle Obama, PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The other regional winners include Kalaya Moody, a 10-year-old from Windsor, Conn.; and Gianna Malecki, 8, from Cranford, N.J.

The recipe challenge for those ages 8 to 12 was designed to promote cooking and healthy eating, and Mazlish was recognized for her creation, Chicken Cheeseball Kabobs on Veggie Spaghetti.

Winners representing all the states, territories and the District of Columbia will attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” – actually a healthy lunch featuring a selection of the winning recipes followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden – set for July 14 at the White House and hosted by Michelle Obama.

“For the last five years, kids across the country have cooked up nutritious and delicious dishes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each year, I continue to be impressed by their talent and creativity,” Obama said in announcing the winners. “Kids are truly embracing and enjoying healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for their families, and I look forward to meeting this year’s winners here at the White House for the Kids’ ‘State Dinner’ and trying some of their tasty creations.”

For more, including all the winning recipes, visit

– Mary Shustack

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