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America Cooks with Chefs: 800 Calorie Challenge Launches Today!

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

August 12, 2014


America Cooks with Chefs

Ever wish you could have a cooking lesson with one your favorite chefs, where you could learn tips not only for making home-cooked food that's effortless and delicious, but also healthier? Then check out America Cooks with Chefs, our new initiative aimed at helping people from all walks of life learn how to cook meals for a healthier lifestyle. The contest goes live today and will accept applications for ANY American over the age of 18, with winners matched up with James Beard Award–winning chefs—Maria Hines, Tory Miller, Mary Sue Milliken, Tony Mantuano, Jimmy Schmidt, and Michelle Bernstein—to learn how to cook and then compete in a live competition! Find out how to enter here

About America Cooks with Chefs 
America Cooks with Chefs is a first-of-its-kind health and wellness initiative, created in partnership between Palisades Media Ventures, the Clinton Foundation, and the James Beard Foundation. Through an educational and entertaining format, America Cooks with Chefs will address a dilemma facing millions of Americans today: how to incorporate healthy and nutritious food into their daily lives.

The competition will kick off with an open submission process to identify six everyday Americans who reflect how the country looks, eats, and cooks. The chosen contestants will be paired with six James Beard Award–winning chefs for a one-day "Kitchen Camp," during which time they will learn tips and tricks for turning raw ingredients into healthy, delicious, and easy-to-prepare meals containing fewer than 800 calories. Entries will be accepted through the initiative's website from August 12 through September 3, 2014.

Following the Kitchen Camps, contestants will train independently before bringing their newfound skills to a Live Cooking Challenge at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative Conference scheduled for January 26, 2015. Conference attendees and millions of online viewers will watch as a panel of celebrity judges selects the winning contestant and recipe.

Interested in applying? Head over to to learn more about the initiative and how you can apply today!

We announced our partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative and Palisades Media Ventures in January. 

Read the full release here.