The lush lawn of World’s Fair Park was the setting for the first Families in the Kitchen festival sponsored by the Junior League of Knoxville on Sunday. The exhibits and demonstrations promoted diet and exercise to combat childhood obesity. Food City gave away bananas and apples. Froyoz gave away coupons for the first four ounces free, which my wife and I redeemed on our way home.
I was invited to be the emcee and a judge of the Healthy Living Cook-Off. Each chef was charged with making a meal that would be easy for kids to help make. To illustrate the point, they worked with a child assistant. The food also had to taste good without being expensive or fattening. The other judges were Covenant Health clinical dietitian Barbara Foster, Junior League of Knoxville president Anne Stair and Anne’s daughter Emery.
All the meals we sampled were great, however Chef Martin Smith of LeConte Medical Center (and his assistant Madylan) edged out the competition with their flatbread pizzas, quesadillas and sugar-free orange Jell-O with strawberries and marshmallows. The other participating chefs were Rachel Reagan of Touch of Love Catering (and assistant Elizabeth), Chris Jones of Lakeside Tavern (and assistant Anna), Greg Williams of Tom & Barry’s (and assistant Mitchell), Rick Dreinhoefer of Parkwest Medical Center (and assistant Makayla) and Mary Gushen of Knoxivi.com (and assistant Haley).