Better Together: #HandsOnCookoff

I am very excited and honoured to be asked to judge the Hands On Cookoff this year! Michael and I have been involved with this for the past few years, but we haven’t always been especially successful in creating our own entries. Oops.

The Hands on Cookoff is a contest sponsored by Better Together, which is an online community forum that is trying to encourage us to spend more time together in the kitchen. This is, as you can well imagine, a concept I can get behind!

Food and love go together for me. Food is a huge part of my social life. There are few things I love more than catching up with friends over a great meal–and it’s always fun to cook with people.

The Hands-on Cook-off contest is a way to raise awareness of the significant benefits of cooking and eating together, and inspire families to reap the associated benefits. Cooking and eating together is linked to many benefits for children, youth and families. These include better grades in school, better health, and overall social adaptability.

Food is bonding experience in our lives, and I think it’s really important that we teach our kids how to cook. It’s good for them to learn these kinds of skills–independence and life skills that will set them up for a much healthier lifestyle.

Here’s how to enter: get together with a friend or relative and create a home video cooking show three minutes long or less. Videos must include two or more generations or two youth preparing a recipe together, but you don’t have to be related to each other. The best video (judged by yours truly and TV personality and cook, Art Napoleon; Michelle Tang, Co-founder of Foodie Kids Inc.; Chef Paul Cecconi of Brodo Kitchen;and award-winning cooking instructor, Chef Heidi Fink) will win $1000!

Here are some more details:

  • The contest is open to anyone in BC.
  • Get your entries in by noon on May 18.
  • This year’s contest theme is celebrating and redefining “family”. Here in BC, family means something different to all of us and we’d like to see what it means to people around the province! Cooking together is a grounding and deeply bonding tradition for individuals, families, and for communities.
  • New this year – an Instagram component! People can enter through Instagram with a short video for a chance to win a $250 Amazon.ca gift card! They must simply follow and tag @bettertogetherbc and include the hashtag #handsoncookoff. Videos must be one minute or less and feature two generations cooking together. One winner will be chosen by random draw.
  • For more info, or to enter, visit BetterTogetherBC.ca
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