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SALINAS, Calif. - Ten-year-old Tanner Kohn from Simpsonville, S.C. took top honors as the Grand Prize winner of a kids' creative salad recipe sponsored by Fresh Express based here.
Fresh Express launched the nationwide contest --"Do Something Teens for Greens Amazing Search for Fresh Salad Recipe Challenge" -- in the fall of 2006 in partnership with youth volunteer organization, Do Something. Designed to help young people adopt healthier eating habits, entrants aged 10-18 were encouraged to submit their own original and "kid-approved" salad recipes, underlining their commitment to do something positive by developing healthy eating habits.
Kohn's award-winning "Shrimpsational Caribbean Salad" mixed a from-scratch honey-lime vinaigrette dressing with Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine lettuce and toppings such as black beans, shrimp and coconut. One of the youngest entrants, whose pre-teen age had him competing against others nearly a decade older, Kohn receives a $3,500 scholarship to the college or culinary school of his choice in addition to the opportunity for his school to receive a $10,000 donation from Fresh Express for a salad bar makeover or an edible schoolyard.
In processing entries for the Amazing Search for Fresh Recipe Challenge, Fresh Express executives said they found evidence that students across the country are committed to eating well, and are getting creative in the process. Entries arrived from throughout the U.S. and mixed multiple blends of Fresh Express salad with toppings such as trail mix and jalapenos.
"Pouring through these entries was a delight for our judges as well as our own executives," said Tanios Viviani, president of Fresh Express. "It was hard to choose one winner-so many were appealing in taste and presentation, as well as being original and easy to prepare. Ultimately, we chose Tanner Kohn's recipe as the Grand Prize because his passion for food is inspiring for all who want to develop healthy habits using fresh products such as Fresh Express salad mixes and kits."
Kohn's and other winning recipes may be viewed on the company's Web site, www.freshexpress.com, as well as in a special edition of Do Something's Build magazine.
Fresh Express is a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, Inc.