Although it was a tough decision for the expert nutritionist panel, the top five winners of the GridIron Chef Contest have been chosen based on nutritional value, taste and appeal, creativity and ease of preparation.
More than 30 healthy tailgating recipes were submitted by Oregon State students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members from various backgrounds to the GridIron Chef Contest, a new event hosted by the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and its Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health.
“It is great to see so many people in the community embrace healthy eating in such creative ways,” says Moore Family Center Endowed Director Emily Ho. “We received such a mix of fun, healthy recipes – it was really a tough choice for our judges and I to narrow it down to our winners since there were so many good ones.”
On Thursday, Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill got a chance to taste-test each of the recipes and vote on his favorite for the “Bob’s Pick” prize of a gift basket including Bob’s Red Mill products, a signed book and a $100 gift card.
Bob’s Pick will be announced at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Hallie Ford Center – along with the Judges Pick, People’s Choice and Overall GridIron Chef winner.
“You guys really have some great winners here,” Bob says. “This is a great combination of foods – and people need to eat a lot more like this. It’s perfect.”
Bob, who advocates eating whole grain foods for every meal of the day, says he’s impressed with the CPHHS/Moore Family Center’s efforts to promote healthy eating at times when people typically don’t think healthy – such as tailgating.
“The college and its Moore Family Center is wonderful for putting on this event – you are doing an absolutely stupendous job,” he says. “We are moving the world here – do you realize this? We’re offering alternatives that are healthy, and I sure feel that people are ready for some great alternatives like these. If people ate like this on a normal basis, they would be so much healthier.”
Everyone’s invited to join the CPHHS and its Moore Family Center to meet Benny the Beaver and taste and vote for their favorite recipes from 3-3:30 – then stay for some trivia fun with local icon Mr. Bill’s Traveling Trivia Show from 3:30-5 p.m.
Top five GridIron Chef Contest winners and recipes:
Corn Confetti Salsa: Lilly Anderson (download recipe)
“Wow, this is pretty good!” – Bob Moore
Beaver Believer Baked Sweet Potatoes: Courtney Archibeque (download recipe)
“This looks absolutely delightful!” – Bob Moore
Hana’s Harvest Salad: Nancy Creel (download recipe)
“Oh, I love this – I eat salads like this every day!” – Bob Moore
Beaver Fan Black Bean Quinoa Salad: Bethany Harmon (download recipe)
“Very tasty!” – Bob Moore
Heavenly, Healthier Layer Dip: Julie Jacobs (download recipe)
“That just looks so good I could eat the whole thing!” – Bob Moore