Could your kid be our 2018 Power Chef?


April 26, 2018

PowerUp is inviting kids to have fun with fruits and adventures with veggies. Children across Minnesota and Wisconsin are invited to enter the 2018 PowerUp recipe contest. Recipes must be original, kid-created and feature fruit or vegetables as the main ingredient.

The winner will take home a selection of PowerUp cooking gear, win the title of Power Chef and the recipe will be featured in PowerUp publications. The winner and runners-up will be selected through social media voting and live judging events.

The fun option

It’s all part of the PowerUp mission to help kids and families eat better and move more by making the healthy option the fun option.

Last year’s recipe contest, which was open to residents of the St. Croix Valley and western Wisconsin, was won by six-year-old Cody Zizzo, from Mahtomedi, Minnesota, with his Wham-Bam Veggie Slam.

Cody said: “My daddy inspired me to start cooking. He likes to cook a lot. Our favorite things to cook are homemade soup, pizza, pancakes and salad. My favorite skills are measuring, mixing and chopping! That’s why I like making Wham-Bam Veggie Slam so much. I get to do them all.”

Other 2017 finalists included:

• Second prize winner: Lucy F, from Ellsworth, Wisconsin (recipe: Chickpea Chop Chop Salad); • Third prize winner: Hanna L, from Stillwater, Minnesota (recipe: Sassy St. Croix Summer Salad);
• Runners-up: Brady J (recipe: Sloppiest Joes) and Tiffanni S (recipe: Banana Blast), both from Amery, Wisconsin

Dr. Thomas Kottke, the Medical Director for Well-Being at the HealthPartners Health Plan, was one of the all-star judges at the 2017 live judging event. He said of Cody’s recipe: “We know how important a plant-based diet is and this was a great way to make colorful veggies and beans in a way that not only looks good and tastes good, but is good for you, too.”

Rules and entry information

Recipes must be original, kid-created and feature fruit or vegetables as the main ingredient; contain no artificial sweeteners and little to no added sugar; be easy for families to make and delicious to eat.

The recipe contest is open through June 30, 2018. Get some inspiration from last year’s winners. Find out more – including the full rules – and submit recipes at

Pictured right:

  • Last year’s finalists with their winning recipe creations. Pictured, left to right: Hanna L (third), Brady J (runner-up), Lucy F (second), Cody Zizzo (overall winner). 
  • Tiffanni S (runner-up) from Amery, one of the Top 5 contest winners, with her recipe, Banana Blast.

About PowerUp

PowerUp is a community-wide initiative to make it easy and fun for kids and families to eat better and move more. It’s an invitation to us all to create healthy communities and live our best lives possible. PowerUp in the St. Croix Valley Area is powered by Amery Hospital & Clinic, Hudson Hospital & Clinic, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater Medical Group and Westfields Hospital & Clinic in partnership with our communities.

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