Debra Eschmeyer: Welcome to
the 2015 Kids’ State Dinner. We have 55 Healthy Lunchtime
Challenge winners here from across the country. We couldn’t be happier to have
these wonderful kid chefs celebrating healthy cooking
here at the White House. And so we’re going to start off
actually with Abby Cornwell who is a 2014 Kids’ State
Dinner winner from Ohio. So Abby, come on up. Do you want to say what
part of Ohio you’re from? Abby Cornwell: Athens. Debra Eschmeyer: She’s
from Athens, Ohio. And so what dish did
you make last year? Abby Cornwell: Sunrise
Tuscan Chicken. Debra Eschmeyer: What
was in your recipe? Abby Cornwell: There’s
chicken, pasta, and then for the sunrise, there’s half a
tangerine with strawberries. Debra Eschmeyer: Sounds
very, very good. So I heard you started a
really amazing program in your school. It was called — it
was Apples for Abby. Tell me more. Abby Cornwell: So I put each
basket — I put a basket of apples on each teachers’ desk
and as you fill it every week, when a student didn’t
have breakfast, they could take an apple. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s
pretty remarkable. That’s amazing. So what inspired you
to create this program? Abby Cornwell: Well I know
that most of the kids don’t have like breakfast
in the morning and it’s the most important meal
of the day so I thought to do apples for like
a breakfast food. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s
really, really cool. And so what are you excited
about most being here today? Abby Cornwell: Introducing
the First Lady. Debra Eschmeyer: (laughs)
That is pretty exciting. That’s very, very exciting. Well we’re really, really happy
that you’re here and if there’s something you want to
say to kids back at home, what would you tell them? Abby Cornwell: To
eat healthy and — Debra Eschemeyer: Keep cooking? Abby Cornwell: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: So
hear it from Abby, she says “eat healthy.” We’re going to
follow your lead. But thank you so much
and I know you have a really important
duty of introducing the First Lady so we’re
going to let you go. We’ll see you
back in there. It was so good
to meet you. All right. Here we have
Bobby, all right. So Bobby, where
are you from? Male Speaker: I’m
from Orlando, Florida. Debra Eschmeyer:
What dish did you make? Male Speaker: I made the
Caribbean delight which is a tilapia taco with my
homemade salsa which includes pineapple, tomato, avocado,
tomatillo, and mango. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! That’s quite the
incredible recipe. So tell us, what inspired
you to make this dish? Male Speaker: Well it’s
definitely an interesting story. Last year on Mother’s Day, I
wanted to sing with my sister but I ended up making a dish so
I was making all these creative ideas and I know my mom’s
Dominican and her Dominican heritage and the food they eat
so I started working around that and I made a dish that stays
close to the Dominican heritage but also has that sort of
Florida tanginess with it. Debra Eschmeyer: So I
tasted your dish during the judging and it is
quite good so thank you. Well done. So what is your message for
kids at home who are, you know, getting into starting cooking? Male Speaker: Well, you know, it
all starts with just eating — I mean, when you start
eating a fruit, you eat it one fruit at
a time which opens doors. It just starts with making
different dishes that open other doors to different dishes such
as mine, the tilapia taco. I started off with salads. Now I’m here with the
tilapia taco that won at the White House. Debra Eschmeyer: That
is pretty remarkable. So you would have folks
at home start out with one ingredient
to cook with. What would you tell
them to start with? Male Speaker: I’m going
to go with personally, I started with arugula. And I would say, you know,
that’s an easy dish. It tastes excellent
especially with different, such as balsamic
vinaigrette and feta cheese. You can just add so much
to arugula to bring that taste to it. So I would start with arugula,
make the taste taste alive. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! Make it taste alive. That is great advice. You heard it from Bobbie. Thank you so much
for being here. And what are you most
excited about for the day? Male Speaker: Well besides
meeting you obviously, I’m definitely excited to meet
Michelle Obama and see the Aladdin performance. It’s going to be great
and I can’t wait. Debra Eschmeyer:
This is so much fun. Thank you, Bobby. You’re the best. Thank you for being here. Okay, see you inside. Hi! Hi there. It’s good to see you. Tell us your name and
where you’re from. Female Speaker: My name is
Aria and I’m from California. Debra Eschmeyer: All right. And what dish did
you make, Aria? Female Speaker: I made a fish
taco with a side of cole slaw and the name for it is
California rainbow taco and “Mi-kale” Obama slaw with
a side of “Barack-omole.” Debra Eschmeyer: So did you
know when you made this dish that the President
really loves guacamole? Female Speaker: No, I
didn’t really know. Debra Eschmeyer: Well that’s
pretty impressive though. So did you know that we’re
going to be having that today at the State Dinner? Female Speaker: No. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah, that’s
on their menu for lunch. Female Speaker: That’s great! Debra Eschmeyer: So when
you started cooking, like what inspired you
to start cooking at home? Female Speaker: So my brother
is always cooking and I like started to learn how to cook
from him and it looked really fun so I just started cooking. Debra Eschmeyer:
What’s your favorite dish or ingredient
to cook? Female Speaker: I really
like cooking with tomatoes. Debra Eschmeyer: Me too. They’re kind of fun to chop up
and they get kind of juicy. So if you would tell kids at
home like one thing about getting started cooking,
what’s your advice for them? Female Speaker: Well, try your
best and if you do an accident, it’s not — Debra Eschmeyer: Right? Female Speaker: It’s great. You learn from
that accident. Debra Eschmeyer: It’s
okay to make mistakes in the kitchen, right? It’s okay. Well thank you
for being here. We look forward to eating
your delicious recipe. It’s good to see you. Thanks so much! Hi there! It’s good to see you. So tell everybody your
name and where you’re from and what dish you made. Female Speaker: Okay. My name is Bree Dommel and I’m
from Mississippi and I made a ground turkey flower. Yes. Debra Eschmeyer: And so what
inspired this dish for you? Female Speaker: So I really love
turkey and so I wanted to make like a constructed hamburger
almost so I was like, “Hey, why I don’t make turkey and why
don’t I make it in the shape of flower,” because kids
always love things that they know they can’t eat. So why not make it like that,
in the shape of a flower because flowers are fun. Debra Eschmeyer: It’s very,
very creative and delicious. I tried it during
the tasting. And so when you started
cooking, what was your first like favorite
ingredient to cook with? Female Speaker: Eggs. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah? Tell me more. Female Speaker: So my mom, she
usually cooks breakfast like every morning so one day I
went in there and I was like, “Mom, can I make eggs?” and she was like, “Yeah,
sure,” so I was like, “I think I’m going
to make an omelet,” and so I made it and it wasn’t
perfect but it was so good. So I started using eggs
in like everything. Debra Eschmeyer:
That’s awesome. And so what are you most
excited about today? Female Speaker: Meeting
Ms. Michelle Obama. Debra Eschmeyer: Well, I’ll
let you go meet her soon. Okay, you’re going
to do that shortly. Well I’ll let you go so can. We’re so glad you’re here. Female Speaker: Thank you. Thanks. Debra Eschmeyer: Hi there! Do you want to tell everybody
your name and where you’re from? Mary McFatridge: My
name is Mary McFatridge and I’m from Des
Moines, Iowa. Debra Eschmeyer: And
what dish did you make? Mary McFatridge: I made
Mary’s garden farfalle feast. Debra Eschmeyer: I love that
you got the garden in there. So what inspired you
to put the garden, and I think you made a
smoothie, too, right? Mary McFatridge: Well, I wanted
it to be healthy and my mom really helped me with it
and all my family, really. Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: And so
when you started cooking, like what were your favorite
recipes and what were your favorite dishes to make? Mary McFatridge: Well, I
really like pancakes so that was one of them. And then pasta, spaghetti. Debra Eschmeyer: And so if
you were going to tell kids at home what they should do
to get started cooking, what’s your advice for them? Mary McFatridge: I guess
just do — just cook their favorite dish and
make it be healthy. Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: Well, we’re
so happy that you’re here. We love that you’re
supporting Mary’s garden. Did you know that your dish is
on the menu today for the Kids’ State Dinner? Yeah! So it is. So yeah, we’re really
happy for that. Thank you for being here. Thanks, Mary. We’ll see you in there. Hi! Tell everybody your name
and where you’re from. Riley Higgins: I’m
Riley Higgins and I’m from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Debra Eschmeyer: And
what dish did you make? Riley Higgins: I made Mexican
quesadillas with a pineapple dipping sauce. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! So what inspired your dish? Riley Higgins: Well, I just
really love breakfast-y foods and eggs are one of my
favorites so I decided to put it in a quesadilla. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s
a very good reasoning. What’s your favorite
dish to make? Riley Higgins: I’m not sure. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. What’s your favorite
part about cooking? Riley Higgins: Probably
the tasting it before anyone else
gets to eat it. Debra Eschmeyer: (laughs) I
completely concur with that. And so this is the fifth
anniversary of the First Lady’s Let’s Move campaign and so if
you were going to do something and like tell five friends
some advice about cooking, what would you tell them? Riley Higgins: Well you should
definitely have something planned out in your head so
you’re not just like what do I do now, and you definitely want
to know what you’re doing or else it will go crazy. Debra Eschmeyer: So prep
before you start cooking. So like you’ve got your
ingredients on hand, that kind of thing? That’s pretty good advice. So what are you most excited
about for being here? Riley Higgins: Just meeting
the First Lady and being in White House. Debra Eschmeyer: Right? It’s pretty awesome. Yeah. And do you know
who’s performing? Riley Higgins: The
cast of Aladdin. Debra Eschmeyer: Have
you seen Aladdin? Riley Higgins: Yes. Debra Eschmeyer: Do
you like it? Riley Higgins: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer:
It’s pretty cool. Well, we’re really
glad that you’re here. Thanks for sharing
your recipe with us. Thank you so much. Hey! It’s good to see you. Do you want to tell everybody
your name and where you’re from? Gilani Phillips, Jr.: Yes,
my name is Gilani Phillips, Jr. and I from the United
States Virgin Islands. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! So what was your dish? Gilani Phillips, Jr.: My dish
was the hurricane salmon and lentil patties. Debra Eschmeyer: Tell us more. What inspired your dish? Tell us what’s in it. Gilani Phillips, Jr.:
There is canned salmon, so it doesn’t spoil, lentil
peas, ground pepper, onions, seasoning, or you can put salt
instead of the seasoning, and you can serve it with
mango slices as fruit and a box and some milk. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! This is delicious because
I actually tasted it during the judging. So why are you cooking? What do you like about it? Gilani Phillips, Jr.: Well me
and my mom and my family and I like to like try new foods and
be creative so we made this one time for something in my
school and actor, Mr. Ford, from the Act Harrisburg,
he was there and he liked it so then we submitted it
and we made a name for it. It was me and my mother
that came up with it. We named it that because my mom
is always telling me that during the hurricane they didn’t
have any like fridge to keep the stuff chilled so they
would have to use like canned food and lentils
or a gas stove. So we could cook
that on a gas stove. And because it’s made
out of canned salmon, the materials won’t
spoil right away. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! This is very
thoughtful of you. So what are you most
excited about being here? Gilani Phillips, Jr.: I’m
excited to see the new people and I’m excited to be
in the White House. I’ve never been to Washington
D.C. so this is a big opportunity for me. So I like to see all the sights
and all the historical facts. Debra Eschmeyer: Are
you going to visit some national monuments,
go to a national park? Gilani Phillips, Jr.: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: Well, we’re
really glad you’re here. What else do you want to tell
the kids at home to get them inspired to keep cooking? Gilani Phillips,
Jr.: Never give up. You can always try hard
and achieve your goals. That’s how I got here. I tried last year
and I didn’t win. I got in fifth place, but it’s
still a good opportunity. You should really try
hard and never give up because that’s
how you succeed. Don’t give up and you’ll always
find your way to your goals. Debra Eschmeyer: Never give up. That’s beautiful. Thank you. We’re really glad you
won and that you’re here. Can I get a hug? All right. We’re going to take that message
to heart for a really long time. Hi there! Tell everyone your name
and where you’re from? Female Speaker: I’m
Ava from Minnesota. Debra Eschmeyer: And what
dish did you make, Ava? Female Speaker: I make Secret
Service Pizza Delight. Debra Eschmeyer: What
inspired that great name? Female Speaker: Me and
my mom came up with it. Debra Eschmeyer:
It’s super cute. And so this is the
fifth anniversary of the First Lady’s
Let’s Move campaign. So I’m curious, if you were
going to tell five friends one thing about like, you know,
getting started in cooking, what’s your advice for them? Female Speaker: To start to try
to eat really healthy and maybe they’ll get really used to it
and just to get exercise a lot because not a lot of my friends
eat healthy — Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. Female Speaker:
— but my brother, he doesn’t eat healthy at all. Debra Eschmeyer: I know. Brothers, I tell ya. Female Speaker: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: So tell me,
what’s your favorite ingredient or recipe to make, cook with? Female Speaker: I like to
cook with Frank’s Red Hot. That’s the secret
ingredient in my — Debra Eschmeyer: Oh! But now we’re telling
everybody the secret. So what’s your favorite part
about being here today? Female Speaker: Spending
time with new people, meeting new friends. Debra Eschmeyer: It’s
pretty cool, right? So have you ever met folks
from ever states before in one gathering? Female Speaker: No, I haven’t. Debra Eschmeyer:
This is pretty fun. Well, we’re so glad that
you’re here and meeting new friends and coming to the
fourth Kids’ State Dinner. So make sure to tell your
friends when you get home and everyone who’s watching, and
then one last thing is if you would just — if you would
tell, like if you would go and tell your classmates
about cooking, like what would you say to just
get them energized? Female Speaker: I don’t know. Debra Eschmeyer: (laughs)
I think actually what you’re doing and being here
is exactly that, right. You’re getting them pretty
pumped and energized. Well thanks for being here. Thanks so much. Hi! Tell everyone your name
and where you’re from. Female Speaker: Massachusetts. Debra Eschmeyer:
What’d you make? Female Speaker:
Melting pot soup. Debra Eschmeyer:
What’s in your soup? Female Speaker: Kale, spinach,
turkey meatballs, quinoa. Debra Eschmeyer: So why quinoa? Female Speaker: They’re in
the meatballs for the — Female Speaker: I see. That’s good. That’s very good. What inspired your recipe? Debra Eschmeyer: I live in
Massachusetts and it’s cold in the winter so we make
soup every weekend. Female Speaker: Good
reason, good reason. So what do you
like about cooking? Female Speaker: Chopping. Debra Eschmeyer: Is it the
— what part of is it? Is it making a mess or is it
just like you just really like really like chopping? Female Speaker: Making a
mess and I like chopping. Debra Eschmeyer: And so
you’ve been here — you got here here yesterday? Female Speaker: Yes. Debra Eschmeyer: So what’s been
your favorite part so far? Female Speaker:
Last night’s dinner. Debra Eschmeyer: Oh yeah? Tell me why. Female Speaker: You got to
meet the chef and you got to write the notes to
the military people. Debra Eschmeyer:
That’s pretty cool. And so what’s your advice
for the White House chefs? What would you tell the
White House chefs to help them on their cooking? Female Speaker: To cut small. Debra Eschmeyer:
(laughs) I like that. That’s really good. Well we’re really,
really glad you’re here. So one other thing is like
what are you looking forward to most for the rest of the day,
for the Kids’ State Dinner? Female Speaker: Getting
to meet Michelle Obama. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah,
that’s pretty cool, right? You’ve got the band
playing, you’ve got this beautiful setup. It’s pretty amazing. Well we’re really,
really glad you’re here. And then just one other thing,
if you would just have — tell other kids around the
country like, you know, to get inspired to get
cooking, what advice do you have for them? Female Speaker: To enter the
contest, if you haven’t, next year. Debra Eschmeyer: That
is great advice. I love it. Well thank you so
much for being here. I appreciate it. Hi! Come on here. Do you want to tell everybody
your name, where you’re from, and your recipe? Female Speaker: Okay. I’m Josie and I’m from Idaho
and I made veggie noodles with sundried tomato
sauce and chicken. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! This is really good. I tasted this. I was one of the judges. It’s delicious. So what inspired your dish? Female Speaker: Well my Aunt
Maria was always making these wonderful veggie noodles and
when me and my mom were trying to come up with an idea, she
thought of that and that’s what we went with. Debra Eschmeyer: I like it. I like it a lot. So what do you
like about cooking? Female Speaker: I like how you
get to make food for other people and I just like
being in the kitchen. Debra Eschmeyer: It’s a
fun place to be, right? Chopping, getting dirty,
getting to taste different kinds of ingredients. What’s your favorite
ingredient to cook with? Female Speaker: To cook a what? Debra Eschmeyer: To cook with. Like what’s your favorite
ingredient to work with? Female Speaker: Tomatoes. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah? Why tomatoes. Female Speaker: Because
they’re just so good and they’re healthy. Debra Eschmeyer: Me too. I love chopping up tomatoes. They’re really fun. So what’s your favorite
fruit or vegetable? Female Speaker: My favorite
fruit or vegetable? Tomatoes. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s
what I was wondering. Because a lot of times
if you like cooking with it it’s still
your favorite. Well we’re really
glad you’re here. What are you looking forward
to most while you’re here? Female Speaker: I don’t know. The whole thing. Debra Eschmeyer:(laughs)
Yeah, me too. Pretty much the whole thing. Well thank you so much. We’re going to
have a lot of fun. Do I get a hug? All right. Hi! All right. So we have a very
special lady right here. This is Sidney from
Grandville, Ohio, and it is — let’s tell
everybody what this special day is? Female Speaker: Well, first of
all I’m at the White House, but second of all, it’s
my 13th birthday today. Female Speaker: Yay! So happy birthday to Sidney! We’re so glad. So tell us about the
recipe that you made. Female Speaker: Well I made a
spaghetti squash asparagus pie. The spaghetti squash is
the crush and then there’s asparagus, cheese, eggs, and
different flavors of like spices and stuff inside the
crust so it’s really good. Debra Eschmeyer: So is this
true that you have a nickname? Is it SS? What does that stand for? Female Speaker: Well, SS Sidney. It stands for spaghetti
squash Sidney, so. Debra Eschmeyer: So this is
really like one of your favorites, right? So why is spaghetti
squash your favorite? Female Speaker: Well I
just think it’s delicious. It can be a healthy alternative
to actual spaghetti and I mean, it has a different texture but
it just tastes delicious so. Debra Eschmeyer: So Sidney,
what’s your advice? Like, you know, other kids
are thinking about that they want to get started cooking. What would you tell them? Female Speaker: Start out
with the things you know and continue from there. I started with scrambled eggs
and I moved on from that. So, you’ll get it. Debra Eschmeyer: You’ll get it. That’s really good advice. I can’t think of a better
way to celebrate a birthday. We’re so glad you’re here. And way to go Ohio. Female Speaker: Yeah. Thank you. Debra Eschmeyer:
Thank you so much. I’ll see you in there. Hi! How ya doin’? Male Speaker: I’m good. Debra Eschmeyer: Do you want
to tell everybody your name and where you’re from? Male Speaker: Yes. Well my name is Cory
and I’m from Georgia. Debra Eschmeyer: And
what did you make to be here from Georgia? Male Speaker: I made
mango kango chicken. Debra Eschmeyer: Well
what inspired your mango kango chicken? Male Speaker: Well, when I had
autism, when I was little, like 5 — when I was 5 I had
autism and I ate wheat and milk which affected my speech so
I couldn’t talk but with this gluten-free diet, which
mango kango chicken is, now I can talk now. Debra Eschmeyer: Well
that’s pretty incredible. That is amazing. So have you been cooking
ever since you were really little to help
work all this out? Male Speaker: Yes. Debra Eschmeyer:
Yeah, once a week? So what do you cook? Male Speaker: I cook at home. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah? Male Speaker: Yup. In my mom’s kitchen. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. So she helps you
out in the kitchen? Male Speaker: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: What’s
your favorite thing to make at home
with your mom? Male Speaker: Well, some
things is pancakes and bacon and sausage. Debra Eschmeyer: I love
making pancakes too. I put a lot of fruits and
vegetables on those pancakes. So what’s your favorite
fruit or vegetable? Male Speaker: Well, my favorite
fruits are oranges and mangos. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. And so, you know, if other
kids are thinking about getting started in cooking,
what would you tell them? What’s your advice for
them to get them started? Male Speaker: Well, I would
tell them that if you cook really well, your food
will turn out delicious and I would encourage them. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. I have to say, you’re a
pretty amazing spokesperson. You know that? Male Speaker: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: You’re
pretty remarkable. You should be really,
really proud of yourself. Okay good. We love you being here. Is there anything you want
to say to your friends and family at home? Male Speaker: Well. Debra Eschmeyer: Anything,
like, say hi to anyone. Male Speaker: Well I
just want to say that I won and I’m really
proud of myself. Debra Eschmeyer:
As you should be. We’re so glad you’re here. I’m going to give you a hug
and then you’ll go back in there for a little. I’m glad you’re here. Thanks for being here. So insanely cute. Hi! On my gosh, look at your bowtie! Do you want to tell
everybody your name and where you’re from? Samuel Davis: I’m Samuel
Davis and I’m from Shreveport, Louisiana. Debra Eschmeyer: So,
what did you make, Samuel Davis from Shreveport? Samuel Davis: I made a salmon
dish, salmon, okra, and tomato. Debra Eschmeyer: Wow! Did you say okra? Samuel Davis: Yes. Debra Eschmeyer: So what’s
your — why do you like okra? Why’d you choose okra? Samuel Davis: Because okra
kind of represents the south. Debra Eschmeyer: Indeed it does. You know, okra is one of my
favorite plants to grow because it has a yellow flower
before the okra comes out. Do you know that? Samuel Davis: Yes. Debra Eschmeyer: It’s
beautiful, right? Samuel Davis: Right. Debra Eschmeyer: So why
do you like cooking? Samuel Davis: I like cooking
because it’s really fun and it deals with math, which
is my favorite subject. Debra Eschmeyer: Nice. What’s your favorite
dish to make, Samuel? Samuel Davis: Actually my dish,
salmon and okra and tomatoes. Debra Eschmeyer: Of course! That makes total sense. I should have
known that, right? What’s your favorite
part about being here in the White House today
at the Kids’ State Dinner? Samuel Davis: Well, I actually
get to eat in the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s
pretty incredible, right? Have you been to D.C.? Samuel Davis: Yes, ma’am. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s nice. Are you going to go
check out some monuments while you’re here? Samuel Davis: Yes. Debra Eschmeyer: Okay, good. So this is the
fifth anniversary of the First Lady’s
Let’s Move campaign. So if you had to give — tell
five friends some advice about getting started cooking and
working with ingredients in the kitchen with the
family and eating healthy, what advice would you
give five friends? Samuel Davis: I would give
them — make sure it’s healthy, make sure if you want rice, do
brown rice and not white rice. Debra Eschmeyer: That
is phenomenal advice. Is there anything else that
you would like to tell me? You are incredibly
articulate, as everyone has been so far, and such
a great spokesperson. Is there anything else you’d
like to share with folks? Samuel Davis: Yes. My favorite quote is, “If you
can dream it, you can do it,” by Walt Disney. Debra Eschmeyer: Say that again. Samuel Davis: “If you can
dream it, you can do it,” by Walt Disney. Debra Eschmeyer: If you can
dream it, you can do it. That’s beautiful. That’s quite beautiful. Thank you so much
for being here. You’re such an
incredible inspiration. We’re very, very
proud of you. Okay. I love you, Samuel. You’re amazing! Hi there! It’s so nice to meet you. You want to tell folks what your
name is and where you’re from? Alex Check: My name is
Alex Check and I’m from North Carolina. Debra Eschmeyer: Awesome. What kind of dish did you make? Alex Check: I made
curried chickpeas. Debra Eschmeyer: Oh, what
inspired your curry and chickpeas? Alex Check: Well, we used to
have curried chickpeas for dinner so I just thought that
we should have it and we had to change it up to
meet the requirements so. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah,
to be here you had to meet the “My Plate”
nutrition requirements. And you were able to do
that, right, pretty easily? Alex Check: Yeah. Debra Eschmeyer: So do
you think you’ll be able to get your dish served
in your cafeteria? Alex Check: Yes, I think. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. You know some previous
winners, they were able to take their recipes and
then show them to their schools and get them
in the cafeteria. It would be pretty
cool if we did that in North Carolina, huh? Alex Check: I was
actually talking about that on the ride
here with my mom. Debra Eschmeyer: That’s perfect! Let’s do it. And so tell me, what’s your
favorite part about being here at the White House? Alex Check: I don’t really know. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah? Well maybe afterwards
I’ll ask you and you can tell me, after you get
a chance to soak it in. Okay. That works. All right. Well we’re going to have you get
in there because we’re going to get started soon but we’re
really glad that you’re here. Thank you for your
leadership and your cooking. Hi there! It’s good to see you again. You want to tell
everybody what your name is and where you’re from? Giana Garcia: I’m Giana Garcia. I’m from Dallas, Texas. Debra Eschmeyer: And what
recipe did you make? Giana Garcia: I made a homemade
Texas tzatziki with a tabbouleh couscous salad with cucumbers,
tomato, feta, garbanzo beans, with chicken, artichoke,
and tomato skewers. Debra Eschmeyer: Amazing! So what inspired your dish? Giana Garcia: Well, I
love Mediterranean food. I love everything about it. I love how it refreshes you. It’s so good. Me and my dad make
it all the time. We love tzatziki, we love the
tabbouleh, we love couscous, everything about it. Debra Eschmeyer: Do you
think you should recommend it to the White House chefs
so the First Family gets to have it for dinner? Giana Garcia: Oh yeah, they’re
probably going to love– Debra Eschmeyer: For sure. Giana Garcia: They will
love my Mediterranean food. Debra Eschmeyer: I’m sure. What’s your favorite
part about cooking? Giana Garcia: I love how you
can make basically — well, we have this list where we
— like a cooking bucket list and we put what my
family wants to make. Like right now, we’re into
French cooking and we want to make cannolis so we’re trying
to work on that and I just love cooking whatever I want. If I want to make, you know, and
omelet, I can make an omelet. It’s just kind of
like free choice. Debra Eschmeyer: Free
choice, creativity. Giana Garcia: Creativity,
very creativity. Debra Eschmeyer: Right? It’s so much fun. So what’s your favorite fruit
or vegetable to cook with? Giana Garcia: I love all of
the fruits and vegetables. I just don’t like spicy foods. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah. So like if you could — if you
were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be? Giana Garcia: A tomato. Debra Eschmeyer: Yeah? Why a tomato. Giana Garcia: No,
I love avocados. Debra Eschmeyer: So tell
me, what’s your favorite part about being here? Giana Garcia: Meeting the
First Lady honestly and going to the Kids’ State Dinner
with my dad and making so many new friends. Debra Eschmeyer:
That’s pretty amazing. We’re so glad
that you’re here. We’re going to have
a lot of fun, right? Giana Garcia: Oh yeah! Debra Eschmeyer: All right. Let’s have some fun. Giana Garcia: Thank you. Debra Eschmeyer: All right. Well we’re going to wrap up
because we have to start the Kids’ State Dinner.