Island girls win na­tional cook­ing con­test

They head to Ot­tawa for gala din­ner in Oc­to­ber


It was a birth­day to re­mem­ber for Amani Taleb.

“Hey, I have some good news,” said Amani’s mother, Danielle. “What?” Amani asked as she walked into her Summerside home.

“I think you’ve won Kid Food Na­tion,” she said.

“My birth­day wish came true,” said the nine-year-old. That same evening, in an­other Summerside res­i­dence, Jes­sica Chais­son, reads and re-reads the email on her phone screen be­fore call­ing to her daugh­ter, Ad­di­son MacAus­land. “Ad­di­son. You won Kid Food Na­tion.”

“Yay,” cheered the eight-yearold, jump­ing up and down. Kid Food Na­tion, a YTV and Boys and Girls Club na­tional com­pe­ti­tion, en­lists recipes from Canadian youth for a gala din­ner, which will be held in Oc­to­ber in Ot­tawa.

Both girls learned about the con­test through the Boys and Girls Club of Summerside. From there they be­gan, sep­a­rately, plan­ning their dishes for the con­test.

“The dishes had to be a healthy op­tion. The health­i­est thing I could think of was a salad.

“But I wanted to put some­thing in it that was very P.E.I., so I de­cided to make a lob­ster salad,” ex­plained Amani.

“I put mush­rooms, toma­toes, cu­cum­bers, let­tuce, and feta cheese.”

Ad­di­son de­cided to make gra­nola bars.

“My mom took me to the gro­cery store and let me pick all of the in­gre­di­ents. Like marsh­mal­lows, cran­ber­ries and ba­nana chips.” Both moth­ers agreed it was a proud mo­ment.

“She was re­ally cre­ative with her in­gre­di­ents. It was re­ally neat to see her cre­ate this,” said Chais­son.

Danielle added, “I was sur­prised to be hon­est. “Think­ing there were hun­dreds of ap­pli­cants, I never ex­pected a win.

“But, I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to shar­ing this ex­pe­ri­ence with her.”


Ad­di­son MacAus­land, 8, and Amani Taleb, 9, pre­pare their Kid Food Na­tion dishes, lob­ster salad and cran­berry-ba­nana gra­nola bars.

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