Recipe for Success: Winnipeg Foundation’s Video Cooking Contest for kids

Winnipeg's Rick Frost and youth preparing sandwiches for Receip for SuccessWhat’s your favourite sandwich? Is it a grilled cheese with bacon and avocado? Or a falafel pita with cucumbers? Perhaps you’re an egg salad person, or peanut butter and apple? Or maybe you forgo bread altogether with an Asian lettuce wrap?


Whatever you prefer, a local contest is giving you the chance to share your creative recipe to win big — so long as you’re a student in Grades 4-6.

Cutting bell peppers for Winnipeg Foundation's Recipe for success

An assortment of peppers add a delicious crunch to sandwiches

The Recipe for Success Video Cooking Contest, presented by The Winnipeg Foundation, kicks off Monday, January 13, and encourages teams of between two to four kids in Grades 4-6 to share their most creative, nutritious and delicious sandwich recipe in a three-minute video entry.

Up for grabs are three $500 grants to support healthy food at a school or community organization, five Junior Master Chef Culinary Adventures at Red River College’s (RRC) School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, plus the winning sandwich recipe will be featured at RRC’s Culinary Exchange restaurant.

“We’re hoping to see some really imaginative sandwiches,” says Richard Frost, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation. “It can be a breakfast, lunch or dinner sandwich. And plain white bread need not apply — we want to see wraps, pitas, even lettuce. Anything goes, so long as it’s healthy.”

The contest entry period runs until March 14, with a People’s Choice public voting phase from March 17 to 28.

The goals of the contest are to get kids eating healthy food and to show them healthy choices don’t have to be complicated.

Kids read to make healthy sandwiches for Winnipeg Foundation's Recipe for Success video contest

These kids know all about making healthy sandwiches

“We know sometimes a sandwich is more than a sandwich — it’s a building block for a better future,” Frost says. “Research shows the best way to get kids to eat healthy food is by getting them involved in preparing it. That’s why the Recipe for Success Contest aims to nourish the potential of Winnipeg kids by getting them talking about, preparing and eating healthy sandwiches.”

The contest is presented by The Winnipeg Foundation in support of the Nourishing Potential Fund, which helps kids access healthy food, nutrition education and cooking skills. Assiniboine Credit Union is a lead partner of Nourishing Potential.

Visit for complete contest details.

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