Chevy Chase fifth-grader’s winning recipe leads to the White House -- Gazette.Net


Emma Scielzo likes her food with “a little bit of flavor and a little bit of spice.”

Both those qualities can be found in the Chevy Chase 10-year-old’s chicken masala wrap, a winning recipe that she created for the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The contest, created by Epicurious, is part of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to promote healthful eating habits among children.

Emma said her recipe was inspired by her Indian grandmother’s home cooking. Her younger sister, Piya, helped the rising fifth-grader at Norwood School perfect her recipe.

“I wanted to make a dish that was Indian and that would be unique and healthy,” Emma said.

The contest, open to children 8 to 12, asked for original recipes that included fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy foods.

Emma’s chicken masala wrap is served with a cool raita — a yogurt and cucumber sauce — and fresh mango slices.

There were 54 winners, one from each state, the three territories and Washington, D.C. Emma won for Maryland. On Tuesday, she will meet Obama at the White House for a Kids’ State Dinner, plus a tour of the White House kitchen garden.

Emma said she knows just what she will ask FLOTUS when she meets her:

“Do you like Indian food?”