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DIVAS Have Faith in Their Cooking Prowess

DIVAS prepare their healthy dishes.


Hatcher Grove Christian Community in Morrisville rocked The Chef’s Academy earlier this month, with a healthy Iron Chef- style cooking competition, called Iron Sharpens Iron. The competition was a one-hour race to the top that included a women’s team (DIVAS) and a men’s team (4 Wise Men), celebrity judges, secret ingredients and a full menu of entertainment for the audience.

The challengers had one hour to prepare a healthy appetizer, entrée and dessert that incorporated the five secret ingredients – quinoa, low-fat greek yogurt, walnuts, blueberries and sweet potato. Be Active North Carolina and Wake County Human Services kept the audience active and learning with information about a healthy diet and the benefits of using the secret ingredients, as well as physical activity trivia and energizer breaks. Music played and the emcees pumped up the crowd and fired up the competition.

DIVAS grooving as they cook at The Chefs Academy in Morrisville.

After the heart-pumping hour, the DIVAS came out on top with a menu that included sweet potato and black bean salsa, roasted salmon and broccoli with parmesan quinoa and a greek yogurt and berry parfait. The men lost by only a few points, but really shined with their presentation.

The celebrity judges included Roberta Merrill from Martin’s Curry Rice, Chef Eddy from the Chef’s Academy and the First Lady of Hatcher Grove, Pastor Pugh’s wife. The meals were judged based on taste, creativity, presentation and adherence to the healthy cooking guidelines.
Hatcher Grove is a 2012 Be Active Faith Community and planned the event as part of its year-long action plan to help their congregation become more physically active and make healthier choices. This News and Observer article, Healthful eating gets competitive with this church, highlights the church’s work to improve the health of its community.
Thanks to guest blogger Annie Martinie, Adult Program Manager, Be Active North Carolina, for sharing this article. Thanks to Hatcher Grove Christian Community for the photos.
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