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Home and style expert and Food Network personality Sandra Lee will meet the finalists and present awards at the Save Mart Kid’s Cook-Off, scheduled for Saturday, September 26 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif.
Presented by C&H Sugar, in partnership with the Save Mart stores of Northern California and Northern Nevada, the Cook-Off aims to find the region’s top cooks aged nine through 13.
“The Save Mart Kid’s Cook-Off celebrates the talents of young people and encourages them to pursue their interests,” said Steve Beaver, VP of operations for Save Mart Supermarkets. “Sandra Lee is a great example of how perseverance and vision can bring success. We hope she inspires the contestants of the Kid’s Cook-Off to work hard to realize their dreams.”
Sandra Lee is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows (the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking and Sandra’s Money Saving Meals), as well as a New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books.
The grand prize winner of the Save Mart Kid’s Cook-Off will receive a trip for four to Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, Calif. The winner also will be invited to make a guest appearance on Hey Kids, Let's Cook!, an award-winning children's television cooking show that airs in several key markets, including the California Central Valley, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Reno-Sparks area.
The first prize winners of each category will receive a Six Flags Discovery Kingdom experience for four. Flight winners will receive iPod Nanos and speaker sets. Every participant at the Kid’s Cook-Off final event will receive four tickets to the Tutankhamun Exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.
Children may submit one recipe in each of the three categories – Desserts, Main Dishes, and Side Dishes or Appetizers. Entries must be deposited in the store entry box by the close of business Tuesday, August 18.
By the end of August, 30 finalists will be selected from the qualifying entries. Each finalist will shop for their ingredients with the manager of their local Save Mart or S-Mart Foods store to prepare their recipe at the event. The finalists will compete on Saturday, September 26 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The finalists will be assigned a flight time with a specific one-hour period to prepare their recipes. Appliances for the event are provided by Best Buy.
Modesto, Calif.-based Save Mart operates more than 240 stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, and FoodMaxx banners.