On Saturday, May 19, 2012 Teen Chefs from Sacramento Charter High School, Hiram Johnson High School, and Luther Burbank High School gathered at McClatchy Park to participate in a culinary competition.  They are participants in Teen Battle Chef sponsored by HealthCorps, a nonprofit organization developed by Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa Oz, to teach students the importance of a healthy lifestyle based on sound mind, nutrition and exercise.

Recipes for the event were created by the teams to use and feature the fresh produce available at the Oak Park Farmers Market.  Sacramento Celebrity Chef Randall Selland of Ella’s, The Kitchen and Selland’s met with the teams throughout the program and judged the finished products.

Hiram Johnson High School was coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Felix Martin.  The Teen Battle Chef team included Hoai Nyguen, Jacqueline Martinez, Hnou Lee, Charlie Le, Farm Saelee, Stephanie Saelee.  They won the Best Nutritional Value category for their ‘Egg Sandwich with Purple Basil’.

Sacramento Charter High was coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Jessica Steele.  Their team included Susan Vong, Jonique Spann, Keandra Williams, Lyric Roberson, Nataki Lester and Malaysia Walters.  The walked away with the award for Presentation for ‘Crepes: Savory & Sweet’.

Sarahi  Banales, Rocio Hurtado, Daniel Flores, Rocio Perez, Raquel Perez, and Gabe Sanchez represented Luther Burbank High School and were coached by HealthCorps Coordinator Chloma Enweasor.  They won the  ‘Taste’ category with ‘Shrimp Taco with Strawberry/apricot Salsa’.

Shrimp Taco with Strawberry/Apricot Salsa

“Teen Battle Chef is run as an afterschool program,” according to Jessica Steele, HealthCorps coordinator for Sacramento Charter High.  “We cook healthy recipes and have a different country as our theme each week.”  The program was started by FamilyCook Productions as a curriculum designed to teach students leadership and teamwork through nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and trying many different kinds of foods to develop cultural appreciation and understanding.  Dr. Oz’s Nonprofit organization, HealthCorps,  is helping to expand the program that now serves 53 high schools in 13 states, including 14 in California.

Interested in getting Teen Battle Chef for your High School?  Go to http://www.healthcorps.org for more information.