Aspiring young chefs have really been cooking down in Texas, competing to get their healthy recipes on the menus of three chains in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Twelve teams from local high schools competed this month in the annual Kids Fit Menu! Invitational, a collaboration to help fight childhood obesity comprising Medical City Children’s Hospital, the Texas Restaurant Association and Texas ProStart, a culinary program for high schools in North Texas. Two or three students competed on each team.
The prize includes getting their dishes on the children’s menus of Village Burger Bar, Genghis Grill or Grub Burger Bar. Each recipe was required to have two or more servings of veggies or fruit.
At deadline, only Genghis Grill had announced its tasty picks: Open Sesame Bowl, a beef noodle dish from the team at Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center, Arlington; Mongurrito, a riff on the burrito with Korean BBQ pork by the team from Ben Barber Innovation Academy, Mansfield; Genghis Jr. Pasta, with meatballs and spiral pasta from the team at Gene Burton College and Career Academy, Rockwall; and The Favorita Fajita Bowl, with marinated steak by the team from Brewer High School in Fort Worth.