Lemont kids cook up a good time

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 3:42 p.m. CDT
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Participants in Lemont Township's Kids Cook Off wait for judges to try their recipes.
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Chefs ages 4 to 13 participated in the Lemont Township's Kids Cook Off Sunday.
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Ella Pelen arranges her peanut butter and jelly cupcakes at Lemont Township's Kids Cook Off.
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Caitlin Brennwald submitted a pesto pasta salad and a taffy apple grapes at Lemont Township's Kids Cook Off.
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Participants in Lemont Township's Kids Cook Off wait for judges to try their recipes.
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Winners of Lemont Township's Kids Cook Off display their award certificates.
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Elizabeth Bury made potato skins with cheese, broccoli and bacon as an appetizer for the Lemont Township Kids Cook Off.

LEMONT – Nineteen chefs ages 4 to 13 brought in 23 entries for Lemont Township’s first Kid’s Cook Off on Sunday at the Lemont Community Center.

Appetizers/salads, entrées and desserts were judged on a scale of one to 30, based on preparedness, creativity and taste.

The winners received a personalized certificate and gift certificates for free kid’s meals from 3 Corners Grill, Front Street Cantina and Jimbos Pizza. All participants received gift certificates from Front Street Cantina and 3 Corners Grill.

Organizer Terri O’Neill-Borders was pleased with the number of participants and how seriously people took the competition.

“To see the excitement and enthusiasm of young kids was eye-opening for me,” she said.

A cookbook with the entrants’ recipes soon will be available soon at the Community Center for a $5 donation to the Lemont Food Pantries. The $5 judging/tasting donation and 50/50 raffle collections at the event also were funds raised for the pantries.

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