Local student joins First Lady at 'dinner' for top junior chefs

Corbin Jackson (Courtesy: Let's Move!)

WASHINGTON (AP/WCIV) - Michelle Obama says 54 kids who earned a trip to the White House by winning a nationwide recipe contest are showing how talented, creative and brilliant young people can be.

It's the second year the first lady has hosted the kids' "state dinner."

The contest for 8- to 12-year-olds is sponsored by the Epicurious food website and the departments of Agriculture and Education. It drew a batch of more than 1,300 entries that were whittled to 54 winners - one from each of the 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Pinckney Elementary School student Corbin Jackson was one of the winners, representing South Carolina.

Mrs. Obama singled out a few of the champion culinary creations during Tuesday's meal, including Confetti Peanut Ginger Party Pasta from Missouri, Pan-seared Mississippi Catfish on a Bed of River Rice and Slam Dunk Veggie Burger from Texas.

Jackson made a dish he calls "Bring It On Brussels Sprout Wraps."

"I have been on a Brussels sprout kick lately so that is the first thing I thought of," Corbin said on his Let's Move profile. "And I knew that Brussels sprouts were healthy, so I picked that." He also recommended combining 2/3 cup of kefir with 1/3 cup pomegranate juice for a delicious drink to go with the wrap.

President Barack Obama also made an unannounced appearance at the dinner in the White House East Room. He told the junior chefs they are showing that food can be both healthy and fun.

Each recipe sticks to the guidelines set up by the USDA's MyPlate to guarantee the health benefits of each recipe. That means each entry had to represent all of the food groups and half of the plate had to be made up of fruits and vegetables.

To see a behind-the scenes video on the judging process, click here.

To see Corbin's wrap recipe click here.

To download a complete cookbook of all of the winning recipes (in .pdf format), click here.