Jasmine Stewart has an idea what young people like to eat.
Probably because the talented young chef is 13.
Stewart was one of seven top young chefs and tastemakers selected by Great Wolf Lodge Resorts to develop an innovative kids’ menu that will be rolled out to all the company’s 17 indoor waterpark resorts in the United States and Canada, including a new one in LaGrange.
Think waffle grilled cheese and fries or pizza burgers.
The Junior Chef Council unveiled their culinary creations at the DeGustibus Cooking School in New York on Thursday.
Stewart , the Master Chef Junior Season Five winner, took a traditional mealtime favorite and made it healthy.
Green spaghetti and chicken meatballs.
The student at the Ron Clark Academy used zucchini noodles and angel hair pasta topped with chicken meatballs. She got a meatball assist from fellow Master Chef Junior winner, Logan Guleff.
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The panel created eight dishes, which included macaroni and cheese pancakes paired with short rib , developed by Logan Guleff.
Stewart said she became interested in cooking as early as age 3 when she hung around the kitchen with her attorney-mother, Deborah, who cooked Southern comfort food and her physician-father, Steven, who is from Jamaica and prepared Caribbean-inspired dishes that were big on spices, fruits and vegetables.
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“Sometimes, adults underestimate how much kids can really enjoy different types of food,” she said in a previous interview. “We’re open to trying different types of food if it’s presented in a way that is interesting and different. Kids eat with their eyes first. It has to look exciting and creative.”
Stewart joins Jonas Cora Ehrlich and Gavin Cora Ehrlich (sons of “Iron Chef” Cat Cora and wife, Nicole Cora Ehrlich); Madeline Zakarian and Anna Zakarian (daughters of “Iron Chef” Geoffrey Zakarian); Conrad Elliot and Jed Elliot (sons of chef Graham Elliot). Jed Elliot will serve as the council’s official taster.
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