Now more than ever, research shows a positive association between family meal times and children's diets. In fact, according to the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, eating dinner as a family at least three times a week helps kids maintain a normal weight and develop healthier eating habits. One of the easiest ways to do so is to get kids into the kitchen and get them involved with what goes on their plates. When kids have a hand in creating meals, it increases their interest and the likelihood that healthy habits start early - and stick.
With the understanding that helping kids develop an interest in cooking as early as possible can make the difference with life-long healthy eating decisions, award-winning chef, best-selling author and Food Network host Marcus Samuelsson is here to help! He shares his tips on how families can get into the kitchen together to create healthy meals along with some simple, delicious cooking ideas that are sure to please. He also discusses details of Ben's Beginners™ Cooking Contest - a movement designed to help children make healthier choices at an early age by getting them interested in cooking. This year participants will vie for the chance to win one of five grand prize packages which includes $15,000 cash, a hometown celebration and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for their child's school.
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Award-winning chef and best-selling author Marcus Samuelsson is the youngest chef to ever receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, the first of which was awarded to him after just three months as Executive Chef of Aquavit. His impressive list of accolades includes a 2003 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: New York City, having already won the foundations 1999 best Rising Star Chef honor. He has received consecutive four-star ratings in Forbes annual All-Star Eateries feature, named one of the 40 under 40 by Crains, and was hailed one of The Great Chefs of America by the Culinary Institute of America. Also named by the World Economic Forum as one of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow, this Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised talent studied at the Culinary Institute in Goteborg, Sweden, before apprenticing in Switzerland and Austria. Having made Aquavit a landmark in Scandinavian dining in New York City, Samuelsson has found additional success as the author of The Soul of a New Cuisine and New American Table. Most recently, Samuelsson was guest chef for the Obama Administrations first State Dinner honoring the Prime Minister of India. Samuelsson has been featured on television including on CNN, MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show, as a judge on Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Chopped, and frequent guest appearances on Today. He previously hosted his own television shows, The Inner Chef and Urban Cuisine.
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