Kids Cooking Challenge Entries

Wow - so much creativity!  Thank you to all of our young chefs and the grown-ups who helped them explore cooking with fresh ingredients. 

It was not easy chosing just two contestants to win the first ever
GROW Kids Cooking Challenge. 

The two prize winners of the kitchen goods are:

Matea & Charlie (1)
Ellie's Pizza Kabobs (1)
Advanced Winner
Ravens Greek Chicken Kabobs


Everyone wins when young chefs explore fresh, healthy ingredients.
Thank you to all of our participants for sharing your smiles and talents!


Wieser & Boettcher (1)

These ingredients worked really well for Walden. He was able to do some of the chopping, rolled the dough, spread the marinara and butter mixture, and top with pizza fillings. It helped build his confidence in the kitchen. It was really fun to see Walden take such an interest in this challenge. He's been bringing it up with friends and family with such a sense of accomplishment. When he sat down to eat his creation he was so excited and proud of what he had created. "This is just SOOOOO good! It smells good, it looks good and it TASTES good!" I think this opens up more opportunities for us to work together in the kitchen with healthy creativity. - Wieser Family

Marshik & AJ

As soon as I saw the veggies, I wanted to make a soup. I had made a minestrone soup with my grandma this summer and it had a lot of vegetables. When I found the colorful penne noodles in the cupboard I just had to add them. I knew my dad would want meat in the soup and since he was the one eating it, I added chicken. Then I thought about what to do with the potatoes. My brother loves hash browns. I decided to chunk up the potatoes and saved some veggies to add to them. I added sausage because once again my dad would be eating and he likes meat. I added lemon juice to my soup, lemon zest to my potatoes and then I put a slice of lemon in my water when I set the table. I liked how I could use the lemon in three different ways. I really had fun cooking in the kitchen with my mom supervising. My brother was jealous, he said, he wished he had signed up. - Kate

Ramaker Harden

June really liked the challenge! She came up with the ideas on her own and did most of the work on her own. Mom helped with some extra chopping and getting things in and out of the oven. We had lots of fun! June looked up a video for fancy tomato / cucumber garnishes and tried to recreate it. It was really difficult, but instead of giving up, she made up her own "buttons". Pretty cool! - Ramaker Family


The girls were ecstatic to participate and to find the right recipe for their ingredients. They prepared their dishes side-by-side in the kitchen as they prepared their own dish. - Harden Family


Keira had a blast! She got to think of all the different ways to use the food items! She thought of different meal periods and eventually settled on this appetizer. She was able to use her chopping skills and learned a lot about how long things take to make! What a fun adventure it was! Thanks!

keira & Lydia

It was fun cutting up peppers, tomatoes and onions. I also like shaping the pizza dough. It went very well and tasted delicious! - Lydia

Baker & Wilde

Hadley has been working on her knife skills, so she did most of the chopping for our meal! Landon is bigger, so we left the actual cooking to him. - Wilde Family

Dueling Sisters

The challenge was a great chance for me to learn what great meals I can make with just a few ingredients that you could get from your everyday garden. - Claire

Drew & Wesley

It took longer than I thought to get it all ready. I really liked practicing cracking all the eggs. Everyone at the table liked what I made. - Wesley

It was good. It was fun. I wanted the pizza to last until Friday! - Drew

It was super duper fun, I also loved the taste of the pizza - Tait

Ravens & DJ Chef

It was fun to be surprised by the mystery ingredients! I liked chopping the vegetables. - Trey


It was fun to try new things. The potatoes were a little tricky to cut. - Aiden

Matilda & Sariah

I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed cooking! - Matilda


It was fun! I'd love to do it again! - Ellie

Ellie & Neils

I thought I did not like garlic or onions, but when we used them to make ketchup it was so good. The ketchup looked gross until it cooked and turned into thick ketchup. I wasn't sure I wanted to try it, but when I did I loved it. I also wanted to use more ingredients, so it was hard to stick to only 5 extras. The french fries were fun to make and delicious. The meat was hard to cook because I am not used to the hot stove and it was hard to reach safely. - Niels

Caroline & Jacob

I loved making this meal with my mom. I want to do this on my birthday every year! - Arnold

Severn Ramaker

The challenge was in fact a challenge. It took a little longer than expected because we made the marinara sauce from scratch. It was fun to be creative with pizza! - Desmond

Gates & Rosie

It was so much fun to see all of the kids work together, ask questions, and learn more about using healthy food to make a great meal. Thank you so much for putting this together. - The Gates Group

Madison & Miller

The challenge was hard but I enjoyed knowing I could cook a whole meal which I have never done before. It was nice. - Anna

Bouska & Bennie

I liked the challenges because me and my brothers got to decide what to make. Next time I think I'll add more ham. - Bouska Boys

Brook & Reich

It was good. I liked making it with my Mom. I like braiding the breadsticks, putting water in the pot to boil the peppers, I liked trying the final dish. I liked that my family liked my cooking. - Brooklyn


At the beginning, I thought it was going to be easy, but before I even started, it was tough to decide what to make with the ingredients. Making the potato latkes was challenging, because I didn't want to splatter myself with hot oil. It was exciting to see the dish that I made and to get to eat it! - Eli

claire & kate

It was hard to make a recipe with just 5 extra ingredients but it was fun. I am very proud of the finished product. - Kate

Ayla & Frank

Thumbs up! - Ayla

Anna & Maxwell (1)

It was fun, and my son learned how to cook a new and somewhat complicated dish. - The Maxwell House

Adela & Audrey

It was challenging because of the outside ingredient limit, But it was fun! - Adela


Never made sauce before so that was new. The challenge was so fun - Audrey

Alexis & The Incredibles

The challenge was super fun for my 6 year old twins! They love pizza and getting to be creative and make their own was lots of fun! - The Incr-E-D-I-B-L-E-S

Lada & Emmett

It was so fun! - Lada Family


Emmett had a lot of fun coming up with ideas and having the ability to cook a majority of the food. - Cooking with Emmett

Food Fighters Sydney

Good quality time with my daughter preparing and cooking this meal. It was quite tasty as well! - The Food Fighters

It was really fun! I liked that I could work with my mom and I perfected my cutting skills with vegetables. My favorite part was serving it up and setting the plate for a presentation and picture! I like to design things! - Sydney

It was fun to cook food with family. Loved the dish we made:) - Adiya

Mehta & Duenkel

It was an awesome thing to do as a family. - Duenkel Family

kennedy & kaitlyn

This challenge went really well for me. My pizza pockets turned out really good! - Kennedy

Matea & Charlie


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