Euphoria Announces Finalists for 3rd Annual Healthy Lunchtime Throwndown with Greenville County Schools


Winning Recipe Served At All Greenville County Schools

[Greenville, SC, August 30, 2017] – euphoria is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown – an event that began in 2015 and has become a signature kids cooking competition for the food festival, which welcomes more than 7,000 guests September 21st through 24th. These finalists will compete in a live cook-off at 11:30am at euphoria’s “Sunday Brunch: Fired Up!” – an event designed to be family-friendly. Michelin starred chefs Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn, Michael Mina of Michael Mina and Curtis Duffy of Grace will be on stage with the kids, acting as their assistants, or “sous chefs, and the winning recipe will be served in all Greenville County Schools during the 2017-2018 school year.

“The Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown has become an annual event for euphoria, and a fantastic way for us, as a food festival, to promote healthy eating among children,” explained euphoria Festival Director, Brianna Shaw, who works closely with partners Greenville County Schools and LiveWell Greenville.

Finalists include:
Wyatt Hampton, Age 9, E. North Street Academy, Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake
Jordan Sizemore, Age 17, Greer High School, Beef Chimichanga
Joshua Davis, Age 17, Southside High School, Asian Tuna Salad
Nayha Hussain, Age 16, Riverside High School, Gobi Manchurian

The Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown is a cooking competition open to all Greenville County Schools students between the ages of 8 and 17. Students were invited to submit their original, healthy, affordable and delicious recipes online beginning last April. Entrants of the contest are required to submit original recipes that adhere to My Plate guidelines, are healthy, delicious and economical. Based on these criteria, finalists were selected by a panel of local judges.

Judges for the live cooking competitions on the euphoria Culinary Stage on Sunday, September 24, 2017 will include Cooking Light’s Hannah Klinger, the nation’s healthy recipe experts, along with Greenville County School’s Joe Urban, LiveWell Greenville’s Sally Wills and the 2016 winner, Fiona Baulo.

The euphoria contest is modeled after former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids’ State Dinner, an annual event that promotes healthy eating and healthy lifestyles for children across the United States.

“Greenville County Schools is dedicated to providing fresh, healthy meals each day during the school year to the district’s nearly 80,000 students,” said Joe Urban, director of Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services. “Year after year, this competition provides an exciting opportunity to help children across our community understand the importance of balanced nutrition – not to mention the fact that cooking and eating healthy can be fun and rewarding,” added Urban.

What began in 2006 as a festival highlighting Greenville, SC’s culture, depth of talent and outstanding revitalized downtown, now draws nationally acclaimed chefs, celebrity singers and songwriters, craft brewers, Master Sommeliers and more for a euphoric four-day weekend. Proceeds from euphoria Food, Wine + Music Festival benefit charitable organizations that provide sustenance to those in need, educate through music, and support children in need across the Upstate of South Carolina.

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