Former first lady Michelle Obama just can’t stay out of the spotlight, especially when there’s an opportunity to indoctrinate children with healthy eating habits. This time she got on her soapbox during interview with some Top Chef Junior stars, and urged them all to also use their time to talk about healthy food and eating habits.
The show was filmed while Barack Obama was still in office. Michelle Obama hosted a segment, giving the kids a mystery box challenge on healthy eating. The lucky young winner got to attend a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House.
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‘For your mystery box challenge, I’m asking all of you to come up with an original recipe that’s healthy and follows the “my plate” symbol, filing half your plate with fruits and veggies, and the rest with whole grains, lean protein and dairy,’ Mrs Obama instructed the young chefs.
The winner was 11-year-old Justise from Georgia, who impressed with her recipe of pan-seared shrimp with sautéed bell peppers, carrots, eggplant and quinoa.
As part of her prize, Justise attended Obama’s final Kids’ State Dinner in July 2016.
‘I don’t think I ever imagined that me, 11-year-old Justise from Georgia, would get to go in the White House and have dinner with Michelle Obama!’ she said.
An excited Justise also got the chance to interview Michelle Obama prior to the event, when she asked her how she had got the idea for the kids’ dinner.
‘Here at the White House we do state dinners all the time for heads of states’, Mrs Obama said.
‘Usually they’re grown up affairs, very fussy and stuffy. We have entertainment and serve wonderful food, and I thought, we should do something like this for kids.’
When asked what advice she would give to the young chefs, Michelle said: ‘There is nothing more important that you can do for yourself than to get an education.
‘Doing your best not just in the kitchen, but you’ve got to be your best in the classroom. I want you all to keep pushing and preparing yourself for college and doing well.’
‘And the last thing I would tell you to do is your voice and help others because a lot of kids don’t know how important it is to eat healthy. So you guys have to be our ambassadors and introduce them to new vegetables and fruits.’
The clip also offers a glimpse inside the Kids’ State Dinner, where young chefs and their parents and carers were treated to a sit-down dinner with 56 young chefs representing each state in the U.S.
Michelle Obama addressed guests, stressing the importance of having children in the kitchen.
‘I can’t wait to see everything you all do with your lives in the months and years ahead,’ she said.