Dairy Council of Florida Announces Third Annual Gridiron Cooking Challenge

The Dairy Council of Florida is
hosting its third annual
Gridiron Cooking Challenge, a fun-filled food competition
for elementary and middle school students throughout Florida. The initiative is
created and supported by the
Florida Dairy Farmers and is part of Fuel Up to Play 60, an in-school nutrition and physical activity program
launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL to help encourage today’s youth
to lead healthier lives.
Starting January 4, elementary
and middle school students in groups of four are encouraged to create and
submit an original recipe that features dairy products, such as milk, cheese
and yogurt. The deadline for submissions is February 29.
The top four student teams in
each Florida NFL market – represented by the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay
Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars – will compete for the grand prize at the
Gridiron Cooking Challenge as they create their recipe on-site in under 60
minutes. The students’ creations will be judged by a select group of
distinguished professionals including NFL players, local celebrity chefs,
Florida Dairy Farmers and Fuel Up to Play 60 student ambassadors.
The winning team in each NFL
market will receive a prize pack for their school valued at up to $2,500. Each
student on the team will receive an iPad mini 2, among other prizes.
“The Gridiron Cooking Challenge was developed to
highlight the health benefits of dairy products and to emphasize the importance
of an active lifestyle,” said Vanessa Hodak, VP School Health & Wellness
for the Dairy Council of Florida. “Each year, we look forward to reviewing the
recipes submitted and interacting with the students during the competitions in
Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville.”

Recipe entry forms can be found
on the
Florida Dairy Farmers website, and can be submitted
via mail or email. For more information, visit

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