While most of his peers are having a hard enough time using the microwave, 12-year-old Kyle Moore was whipping up a dish that earned him a seat at the White House dinner table.
Kyle is one of 54 children whose recipes were chosen for the first-ever Kids' State Dinner. Children between the ages of 8 and 12 were charged to come up with a healthy recipe for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
Kyle's love for cooking was encouraged in the usual way — by his stomach. After becoming burnt out on the usual easy-to-prepare dishes this summer, Kyle decided that he was going to start cooking his own meals.
"I didn't want sandwiches for lunch one day, so I went into the kitchen, looked at what we had, saw what would go together and then made pasta," Kyle said. What he invented that day — a chicken spinach pasta — would go on to be the dish that earned him a seat among the elite child chefs of America.
The day after creating his pasta, Kyle found out about the contest while watching a daytime cooking show called "The Chew" on ABC. The show featured Chef Sam Kass, senior policy advisor for healthy food initiatives, promoting the contest. Kyle submitted his recipe in early June. By the end of June, he found out that he was in the top 100. On July 24, Kyle was notified that he had won the spot to represent Missouri at the dinner.
"It was awesome. I really didn't know what to say. I just kind of sat there in awe, and my brother (who is 10) wouldn't stop screaming because he got to go to Washington D.C., too," Kyle said.
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