Fifteen young chefs arrived at Cohen Children’s Medical Center earlier this year, eager to display their culinary talents by cooking up an array of healthful and tasty dishes as part of the second annual Top Chef Cook-Off. The cook-off, the culmination of a regional competition that challenged children and their families to create nutritious, kid-approved recipes, was judged by community members and Top Chef alum Danny Gagnon.
Tori Ramos, 8, of Cambria Heights, Queens, took home the grand prize for her entrée dish, “Fish on the Sand,” which featured red snapper on a bed of couscous with a low-fat yogurt sauce. The two other finalists were Nicolas Saunders, 13, from Huntington Station, and Tabitha DeGrange, 11, of Sayville. The Top Chef Cook-Off is one of the many community outreach initiatives of the Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program, an innovative partnership between Kohl’s Cares and Cohen Children’s, which works to prevent childhood obesity and serve the good health of our communities.
The Kohl’s Cares Keeping Kids Healthy Program works with area elementary schools, community-based organizations and local event organizers to deliver interactive education and activities that champion proper nutrition and physical activity. The program is helping thousands of children and families get active, eat healthy and make lifestyle changes that support overall wellness. A generous grant of $333,855 from Kohl’s Cares will provide continued support for this innovative community education and outreach program in 2015.
Kohl’s launched its Kohl’s Cares program in 2000 to demonstrate its commitment to children’s health and education in communities nationwide. With more than a decade of dedication and hundreds of millions of dollars raised, Kohl’s Cares aims to give kids a healthier, happier future. From injury prevention, immunization and nutrition programs to scholarships and cause merchandise, Kohl’s is committed to making a difference for kids so that someday they can make a difference in the world. Since its introduction, our Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program has raised more than $257 million to support our mission. Since 2000, Kohl’s Cares has granted more than $4 million to Cohen Children’s.
Kohl’s sells kid-friendly cause merchandise, including books and plush toys, to raise funds for its Kohl’s Cares program. One hundred percent of the net profits are donated to support kids’ health and education initiatives in communities nationwide. At just $5 each, Kohl’s Cares books and plush animals are affordable gifts of local community support.
Read the next article in the Winter 2015 issue of Kids First: Cohen Children’s Brings Car Safety to the Front Door