A recipe for chicken fried rice submitted by Sam Grover, a 1st grader at Liberty Elementary School, was named the winner of the school lunch recipe contest hosted by the Boise School District and Let’s Move Boise.

An eight-member panel of children and adults judged four recipes in the finals of the first-ever competition. The judges evaluated the taste of each recipe, use of local ingredients and other criteria during a program Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Shadow Hills Elementary School.

The other finalists, schools and awards include:

  • Sloan Richey – 1st Grade, Pierce Park Elementary School, Harvest Yogurt Parfait (2nd place)
  • Tavia and Serenity Calhoun – 4th & 3rd Grades, White Pine Elementary School, Taco Pasta (3rd place)
  • Isabella Zufelt – 4th Grade, Shadow Hills Elementary School, Yam Bake (4th place)

Entries were submitted by 26 students at 11 elementary schools throughout the district, including Adams, Hidden Springs, Maple Grove, Mountain View, Owyhee, Shadow Hills, Washington and Whittier.

Final recipes were tested and prepared by members of the Boise Schools Food & Nutrition staff. All four of the final recipes will be served in Boise school cafeterias this year and featured on Let’s Move Boise recipe cards.

For his chicken fried rice recipe, Sam Grover won lunch with Boise Mayor David Bieter at Liberty School and a feature article in the Boise Parks & Recreation summer Activity Guide. Other prizes include gift cards from Whole Foods and Albertson’s, kitchen gadgets from Standard Restaurant Supply, culinary classes with Boise Urban Garden School, Chop Chop cookbooks, Let’s Move Boise backpacks, and Idaho Steelheads tickets.

The goal of the program is to encourage kids and their families to talk about healthy, nutritious menu items served during lunch at Boise schools. Encouraging kids to eat healthy food is a priority of Let’s Move Boise, a coalition of local organizations seeking to combat childhood obesity. To learn more, please see www.letsmoveboise.com.