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Veterans Park Academy for the Arts wins Gridiron Cooking Challenge

May 2, 2018
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Veterans Park Academy for the Arts in Lee County clinched victory with a Three-Cheese Ravioli recipe at the fifth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge.

Students Macy Matheny, Ednita Tineo-Lopez, Jadah Hypplite and Summer Boling along with their program advisor, Lori Spiers, won four iPad minis, Publix Aprons cooking classes, and a prize pack for their school valued at up to $2,500, among other prizes.

The winning recipe, which incorporated cheese and cream, was homemade Three-Cheese Ravioli in a Shallot, Tomato Cream Sauce.

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Veterans Park Academy for the Arts in Lee County clinched victory with its Three-Cheese Ravioli recipe at the fifth annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge.

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The students' creations were judged by a select group of distinguished professionals including Florida Dairy Farmer, Lindsey Rucks, Executive Chef Bob Gilardi from Doctors Hospital and Christy Denny, author of The Girl Who Ate Everything blog.

Hosted by the Dairy Council of Florida in partnership with the NFL, the cooking challenge is a fun-filled food competition for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida and is part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

The South Florida event took place on April 21 at the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University in Davie with special guest Mike Hull, linebacker for the Miami Dolphins.

"It's been another impressive year by our South Florida schools," said Teresa Moran-Wiebe, Dairy Council of Florida, Director of Youth Wellness, in a prepared statement. "Each team demonstrated the versatility and nutritional value of dairy products in a creative way. Congratulations to the winning team, Veterans Park Academy for the Arts, and to all of the finalist schools who participated."

Four finalist schools from South Florida competed at the event, each preparing a recipe that highlighted dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt. Students from Everglades Elementary (Palm Beach County), Christ Lutheran School (St. Lucie County) and Christa McAuliffe Middle (Palm Beach County) also participated.

The Gridiron Cooking Challenge event is created and supported by the Florida Dairy Farmers and is part of Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives. Other upcoming Gridiron Cooking Challenges will be hosted in Jacksonville in partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 5 and in Tampa with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 19.

 
 

 

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