Recipe wins Broomall student, 9, a White House invite

In this June 3, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama tends the White House garden in Washington, with a group of children as part of the "Let's Move!" campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
In this June 3, 2011, file photo, first lady Michelle Obama tends the White House garden in Washington, with a group of children as part of the "Let's Move!" campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Posted: June 22, 2013

A 9-year-old student from Delaware County has been invited to join 53 other children from across the country for lunch with Michelle Obama at the White House next month.

Ganesh Selvakumar, who lives in Broomall and attends school in the Marple Newtown district, submitted a winning recipe to a contest promoting healthy lunches as part of Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative. The contest was held by the Departments of Education and Agriculture, and the winning students range in age from 8 to 12.

Ganesh's entry was a recipe for lentil spinach soup and mint chutney. Other winning recipes included dishes such as stuffed bell peppers, shrimp tacos, and lettuce wraps.

Ganesh and 53 children from around the country are invited to a "kids' state dinner" on July 9 with Obama. The healthy lunch will include samples of some of the winning recipes, and students will also get a visit to the White House kitchen garden.

In a statement released by the White House, Obama said this event, in its second year, was one of her favorites.

"The kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to impress and inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity," the statement read. "I'm counting down the days until the winners join me at the White House to celebrate these healthy and delicious meals that kids everywhere will love."


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