Organized by Better Together BC, the Hands-on Cook-off contest launches on April 16th with a passionate message: to inspire kids and teens to cook with their parents and reap the lifelong benefits of sharing family meals.
The Hands-on Cook-off contest was inspired by research that shows that when families cook and eat together, kids gain many valuable benefits—including better grades in school, better physical and mental health, and better overall social adaptability.
We all have busy schedules and sometimes it seems like there is not enough hours in the day to get things done. From work, to school, to kids sport activities, most families are running around town to get from one thing to another. It’s easy enough to get take out or hit a fast food drive-thru. I know my family is guilty of this on many occasions.
I remember as a young child growing up, Sunday dinner was a big family affair. We would always gather at my uncle’s house because it was the biggest to hold everyone. What is known as family style dining now, was two to three tables placed end to end, adults on one end and kids on the other. It was all hands on deck, my grandma, my mom and my aunts were are in the kitchen prepping the food. Me and my cousins would be trying to help in any way we could from peeling vegetables to setting the table.
Now in its ninth year, the Hands-on Cook-off contest is a friendly reminder of cooking and eating together as a family. This contest rallies support from schools, parents, celebrity chefs and family-focused groups across BC.
How can people enter: From April 16th until May 16th, any BC resident can enter the Hands-on Cook-off Contest. Videos must include two or more people preparing a recipe together… and having fun! Videos must be no longer than three minutes in length and can be entered online here. There are two categories: Youth Category and Multigenerational Category.
Prize details + value: Multiple cash prizes up to $1000 will be awarded in both categories to individuals and schools. Total prizes up for grabs are valued at over $4000. Full prize details can be found here.
Judges: Ceri Marsh of Sweet Potato Chronicles, Paul Natrall of Mr.Bannock, Michele Philips of What Dreams May Become, Robin Kort of Swallow Tail and Joel Barohn from the BC Dairy Association.
About Better Together BC: Better Together, is an active online community forum, designed to celebrate family meals, cooking, and trying new recipes. We exist because eating together, whether as a family or otherwise, offers many health and social benefits for both children and adults – including better nutrition, school performance and social adjustment.
You can learn more about the contest here: http://www.bettertogetherbc.ca/contest
Written in partnership with Better Together BC