Young chef from Grand Chute gets White House's attention - WBAY

Young chef from Grand Chute gets White House's attention

A Grand Chute girl will represent Wisconsin at the White House after winning First Lady Michelle Obama's "Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."
Action 2 News went into the kitchen with Sarah Ganser to find out what's so unique about her Amazing African Sweet Potato Stew that it won her a seat at the 3rd annual Kids' State Dinner.

"I was speechless. I didn't know what to say. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is really happening."

About 1,500 kids entered the competition, which called for a healthy dish that's also affordable and original.

"Instead of oil we use vegetable broth, which is healthier," Sarah said. "The peanut butter, you stir that in to add some flavor."

Sarah says it's the peanut butter that makes her vegetable stew unique. "It really adds a lot of flavor."

Sarah's mom, Jennifer, is a nurse and health coach, so a healthy lifestyle has always been important for her four girls.

"I want to help my kids learn how to cook in a way that's healthy and tastes good as well," Jennifer Ganser said.

Sarah and her mom worked together to perfect her winning dish.

"It's super fun to hang out in the kitchen with Sarah and all my girls to cook and hang out and be together creating a meal," their mom said.

And now the two will take their recipe to D.C. for the First Lady's approval.

"I think she's going to love it," Sarah said, "because it's healthy and unique and it tastes really good."

The Gansers leave on July 16. The Kids' State Dinner is on July 17. A recipe book featuring all the winning kids' recipes will be free to download at
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