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Young Chefs Tickle Taste Buds at Cook-off

Find out who won the kids' cook-off April 27.

Lemont's youngest chefs gathered April 27 at the Lemont Township Community Center to compete in the second annual kids cook-off, bringing their prepared entries of appetizers/salads, entrees, or desserts.

Judges made a $5 donation for the Lemont Food Pantries to spend an hour tasting and rating each one of the 23 entries. 

The winners were: 
5- to 8-year-old contenders

  • Appetizer/salad: Kylie Meloni, Pita Bread Balsamic
  • Appetizer/salad: Ellie Cuiching, Strawberry Romaine Salad
  • Entrée: Nawahl Bouchari, Piggy Pillows
  • Dessert: Caitlin Brennwald, Graham Cracker Pudding Tarts
9- to 13-year-old age contenders
  • Entrée: Bridget McCuffin, Rea’s Chili
  • Dessert: Abigal Pacyga, Crushing Chocolate
14- to 18-year-old contenders
  • Entrée: Haley Heeg, Cream Cheese Enchiladas
All chefs were treated to free kid's meal certificates generously donated by 3 Corners Grill & TapFront Street Cantina LemontJimbo's Pizza, and Stonehouse Pub

Judges selected the winning entries by awarding them with the highest score. Those entries that earned the highest score in each of the three categories were awarded gift certificates also donated by local restaurants. 

Each child present, their families—and all of the very full judges—enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate the creativity and talent of all of these amazing 

All donations, judging fees, and half of the 50/50 Raffle raised $306 for the Lemont Food Pantries, assisting with the pantries' fresh food voucher fund.

If you have any questions about the Kid's Cook Off or the Lemont Food Pantries please feel free to contact Terri O'Neill-Borders via email terri-oneill@lemonttownship.org or phone 630-257-2522 ext. 13.

Submitted by Terri O'Neill Borders
Steven Rosendahl May 05, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Great event thanks to all the chefs and judges!!!

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