Young chef hopes to cook up winning recipe in cooking contest

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 12:40 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- Teaching your kids to make healthy eating choices can be an uphill battle. But a nationwide contest could help make the process easier for parents.

The contest is called Uncle Ben's "Ben's Beginner's" Cooking Contest, and it's designed to turn the focus on healthier eating habits.

One student at Crismon Elementary School in Mesa is hoping that her recipe will help her be named top chef in the contest.

Alyssa Hall's healthy recipe is called "Grandpa Jerry's Rice Dessert". It uses rice, of course, as well as sugar, spices, nuts and fruits.

Her dad Eric says it's a simple dish. "It's something easy; something she could make," he says. "A little kid can do this. She really likes it."

The winner will take home $15,000 in cash, as well as as $30K cafeteria makeover for his or her school. The prize also includes a trip to New York City to appear on the Rachael Ray Show.

You can vote for the Hill family in the Uncle Ben's "Ben's Beginners" contest until Oct. 27 by going to www.unclebens.com.

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