National Restaurant Association & McCormick For Chefs Announce Winners of Inaugural Kids Recipe Challenge

  National Restaurant Association & McCormick For Chefs Announce Winners of
                       Inaugural Kids Recipe Challenge

Industry Leaders Celebrate Healthier, Great-tasting Kids' Menu Items

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The National Restaurant
Association announced the winners of the Kids Recipe Challenge, a new
initiative showcasing restaurants' culinary ingenuity for creating healthful
menu options for children. Created with founding partner McCormick For Chefs®,
the Food Away From Home business of McCormick & Company, the contest
recognizes delicious and nutritious recipes from children's menus at
restaurants and foodservice establishments nationwide.

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The Kids Recipe Challenge involved an "industry tested, kid approved"
approach, with a panel of industry professionals selecting finalists and
approximately 30 children choosing the winners at an event at the McCormick
World of Flavors store in Baltimore's Inner Harbor Saturday. Kids chose the
following inventive restaurants and foodservice companies as winners:

  oQdoba Mexican Grill's Lil' Pulled Pork Naked Burrito® (Multi-unit company
    with more than 20 units): A Lil' Pulled Pork Burrito is a burrito served
    without the flour tortilla in a bowl, and includes cilantro-lime rice,
    hand-shredded pulled pork, fresh pico de gallo and roasted chile corn
    salsa with a side of applesauce and low-fat milk. Qdoba, with more than
    600 locations in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Canada, is
    headquartered outside of Denver.
  oBoston Lobster Feast's Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Squash (Independent
    restaurant or company with fewer than 20 units): Created by Corporate
    Executive Chef Keith R. Esbin, the meal is a healthier alternative to
    traditional chicken parmesan and is served with spaghetti squash to
    convert even the pickiest eaters. Boston Lobster Feast restaurants are
    located in the Orlando, Fla. area.
  oChartwells School Dining Services Chix-N-Cheddar Snappy Jalapeño Wrap
    (Contract Managed Food Service): The meal includes a whole grain flour
    tortilla filled with chicken and black bean puree, topped with cheddar
    cheese with a spicy ranch dressing along with dark leafy greens, fresh
    jalapenos and served with fresh salsa. Chartwells School Dining Services,
    a division of Charlotte, NC based Compass Group, provides dining services
    for over 550 school districts, comprising over 6,000 separate elementary,
    middle and high schools nationwide.
  oTim Horton Children's Foundation's Yum! Yum! Chip Chicken (Independent
    Noncommercial Food Service): A new twist on traditional chicken fingers,
    coating them with lightly salted potato chips and served with low-fat
    dressing, sweet potatoes and a side of broccoli. The foundation operates
    camps for economically disadvantaged children throughout Canada and the

"Across the restaurant and foodservice community, we've seen tremendous
excitement with our first-ever Kids Recipe Challenge," said Dawn Sweeney,
President and CEO of the National Restaurant Association. "We congratulate our
winners on their innovative and healthful meals that earned the important
'thumbs up' from kids."

"McCormick is thrilled to celebrate these 'kid-approved' healthful dishes with
the industry," said Megan Ford, vice president, branded food service,
McCormick & Company. "Inspiring healthy choices is so important to McCormick
and our customers, and the Kids Recipe Challenge is a terrific opportunity for
us to showcase those in the industry who are combining great taste with good
nutrition to create healthful kids' menu options."

To participate in the Kids Recipe Challenge, restaurant and foodservice
operators submitted recipes from their children's menus that meet the
nutrition guidelines from the National Restaurant Association's award-winning
Kids LiveWell program.

A panel of industry professionals selected two finalists per category. Those
panelists include:

  oJudson Todd Allen, CEO Executive Chef, Healthy Infused Cuisine;
  oJessie Coffey, Registered Dietitian & Licensed Medical Nutrition
    Therapist, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics;
  oSandra Ford, SNS, President, School Nutrition Association;
  oMolly A. McCloskey, Maryland Director, Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry
  oPatti Montague, CEO, School Nutrition Association;
  oXavier Teixido, owner of Harry's Savoy Grill and a Trustee of National
    Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Board;
  oBret Thorn, Senior Food Editor, Nation's Restaurant News;
  oDr. Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary Food, Nutrition, and Consumer
    Services, USDA; &
  oMichael Ty, CEC, AAC, National President, American Culinary Federation.

Kids Recipe Challenge winners will be recognized by Sweeney, Ford and
celebrity chef Marc Murphy at the 2013 National Restaurant Association
Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago next month.

The initiative launched in July 2011 in collaboration with Healthy Dining to
help parents and children find healthful menu options when dining out. To
date, 130 brands representing 40,000 restaurants participate in the program.

About National Restaurant Association:
Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business
association for the restaurant industry, which comprises 980,000 restaurant
and foodservice outlets and a workforce of more than 13 million employees. We
represent the industry in Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We
operate the industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 18-21, 2013, in
Chicago); leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe);
unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart); as well as
the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options. For more
information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants,
Facebook and YouTube.

About McCormick & Company:
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. With more
than $4 billion in annual sales, the company manufactures, markets and
distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products
to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and
foodservice businesses. McCormick For Chefs^®—McCormick's Food Away From Home
business—provides unrivaled solutions to meet the distinct needs of
professional foodservice with its McCormick Culinary™, Lawry's®, OLD BAY®,
Thai Kitchen® and Zatarain's® products. Chefs and operators can be confident
that McCormick brings more sensory science experience, product innovation and
flavor expertise for quality taste experiences. McCormick Brings Passion to
Flavor™. For recipe ideas, visit Also, follow-us on
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SOURCE National Restaurant Association

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