Grant's Best Chefs

The top prize winners in the Grant Best Chef Contest was (front from left) Kinsley Henderson, Kate DeMoss, Leilani DeForest and Gabe Draughn. Judges included (back from left) Hy-Vee dietician Taylor Grgurich, retired Central Administration secretary Lana Kaldenberg, “I Smile” coordinator Melissa Woodhous, Grant Principal Billy Strickler and Superintendent Kevin Crall.

“Grant’s Best Chef Contest” was held at Grant Elementary in Albia from a Delta Dental grant that Nurse Karen McCarty and Coach Justin Huber had worked on to obtain a water filling station at Grant school.

One student’s recipe was picked from each second grade classroom by Food Service Director Chris Wyatt. Each of these students made their snack recipe in front of a panel of judges. The judges were Superintendent Kevin Crall, Grant Principal Billy Strickler, retired Central Administration Secretary Lana Kaldenberg, “I Smile” Coordinator Melissa Woodhous, and Hy-Vee dietitian Taylor Grgurich.

The students selected were Kinsley Henderson, Kate DeMoss, Gabe Draughn and the winner was Lelani DeForest. Each student received a prize that included Monroe County Aquatic Center passes.  

Winning Recipe 

Leilani DeForest

Crunch Creamy Pepper Bites

1 small bag of pretzel squares

8 oz whipped cream cheese

1 sweet red, yellow or orange pepper

First chop up pepper into small bite sized pieces. Next, take the pretzel, spread a small amount of cream cheese on top.  Last, place 2-3 pepper pieces on top. Repeat until desired amount has been prepared. Serve immediately.

Other recipes

Kate DeMoss

Strawberry Fruit Dip

1 small box white chocolate or cheescake pudding mix

1 small container strawberry Greek yogurt

1 container Sugar Free Cool Whip

Mix Greek yogurt and dry pudding mix. Whip in Cool Whip. Serve with any fresh fruit.

Kinsley Henderson

Protein Balls

1 cup quick oats

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup honey

1 scoop protein powder

M&M’s or dark chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into balls and enjoy!

Gabe Draughn

Ants on a Log

Cut a celery stick into thirds

Fill the celery with peanut butter

Place 3-4 raisins on the peanut butter

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