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Behind the Scenes: Selecting the Winning Recipes for the 2015 Kids’ “State Dinner”

This Friday, fifty-five budding young chefs will make their way to the White House for the fourth annual Kids' "State Dinner."

With nearly one thousand entries submitted to this year’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, the fifty-five winning recipes were selected based on their healthfulness, taste, originality, affordability, and following USDA’s MyPlate recommendations. Our panel of judges tasted the two finalist recipes from each state, four territories, and the District of Columbia, and they were extremely impressed with the incredible recipes that kids cooked up this year!

Go behind the scenes and see how this year's delicious winning creations were chosen:

You can find the complete list of winning recipes here, and we hope you’ll be inspired to head into the kitchen and whip up some of these creative dishes at home with your family! There is something for everyone to enjoy, from the "Mediterranean Rockin’ Roasted Vegetables in Cool Cucumber Boats" to the “California Rainbow Taco with Mic-Kale Obama Slaw and Barack-amole.”  

Don't forget to tune in here to watch the event live this Friday, July 10. You can also follow along on social media using #KidsStateDinner.