Young Chefs Show Off Newly Acquired Skills in Cooking Competition

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Lorna Sass, Cookbook Author and Blogger, is Special Guest Judge as Middle School Students Prepare Delicious, Healthy Meals

Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864,
Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742,

Friday, June 11, 2010
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

The Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center
130 East 101st Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues

Six teams of budding young cooks will slice and dice their way to glory in the first annual Children’s Aid Society Iron Go! Chefs Competition.

These middle school students from East Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx have spent the school year in Children’s Aid’s Go! Chefs afterschool culinary program discovering that foods that are good for you can also be delicious. The students learned to shop for and prepare healthy, mouth-watering food choices.

For the competition, each group designed an original menu and has to work against the clock, with only one hour to prepare the meal.

A panel of special guest judges, including James Beard Award-Winning Cookbook Author and Huffington Post Blogger Lorna Sass, will evaluate each team based on cooperation, cleanliness and safety, taste, originality and healthfulness, and presentation.

Special Guest Judges:
Lorna Sass, James Beard Award-Winning Cookbook Author and Huffington Post Blogger
Richard Buery, President and CEO, The Children’s Aid Society
Ryan Fraizer, youth from The Children’s Aid Society Next Generation Caterers
Jacqueline Morillo, Chef at The Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center

The Children’s Aid Society’s Go! Healthy initiative was started in 2003 with the introduction of Go! Kids, a food and nutrition curriculum used in early childhood classrooms. Go! Healthy has been expanding steadily ever since, following children from birth through adolescence and beyond and educating them about wellness and the joys of healthful cooking and eating.

The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, it is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email, or visit

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