Yesterday, on Thursday, Aug. 16, Omar of Fountain Valley, Calif. was crowned the John’s Incredible Kids Cook-Off Champion after a fierce competition at John’s Incredible Pizza Company at The Boulevard Mall in Las Vegas (Pictured: Winner of John’s Incredible Kids Cook-off, Omar with Chef Joe Youkhan and John Parlet)
After competing in the semi-finals, Omar, Autumn from Apple Valley and Saniha of Fremont, Calif. created three new dishes for the championship round.
The kid chefs had one hour to prepare and cook their dish in John’s kitchen before presenting before the panel of three judges – John Parlet, owner and founder of John’s Incredible Pizza Company, CHOPPED Champion Chef Joe Youkhan, and Maria Silva of FOX5 News in Las Vegas.
All three judges were incredibly impressed with each child’s presentation as well as how they all handled themselves with ease in the kitchen. Autumn made a beef stroganoff inspired by her grandmother, and Saniha prepared an Indian chicken kabob rice plate with a cucumber salad and a chocolate milkshake.
In the end, Omar’s traditional Arabic dish maqluba, also known as upside-down, won him the title of John’s Incredible Kids Cook-off Champion.
Omar took home a $5,000 cash prize, a party for him and 20 of his friends at any John’s Incredible Pizza Company location and will now begin working alongside CHOPPED Champion Chef Joe Youkhan to create John’s next incredible dish.
The other two runners-up walked away with free pizza for a year as well as a party with 10 of their friends at any John’s Incredible Pizza Company location.
John’s Incredible Pizza Company launched the Incredible Kids Cook-offcompetition to inspire young chefs to get involved in the kitchen to create new flavors and recipes. Over 70 kids, ages 7-12, submitted a video showing off their cooking skills by preparing an original dish and 50 kids were then selected to move on to the semi-finals where they prepared a second dish at select John’s locations throughout California. Three finalists were selected from each semi-final location to compete in the Championship round.
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