November 2012 – In observance of 2012’s National Diabetes Awareness Month, the South Side Diabetes team invited patients and community members to submit healthy recipes for the 1st Annual Diabetes Cook-Off. Twelve finalists were chosen to compete in a Top Chef-style competition at the Washburne Culinary Institute at Kennedy King College.
Each finalist had an hour to cook their dish from fresh ingredients donated by Save-A-Lot. Finalists then had to defend their choices to the judging panel of local celebrities, chefs and nutritionists, who rated the appearance, healthfulness and taste of the dishes.
Prizes, including $500 for first place, were awarded live on The Jacinda Show, where Drs. Monica Peek and Marshall Chin discussed the work of the South Side Diabetes project and celebrated the outstanding culinary accomplishments of the twelve finalists. More than 150 members of the public turned out to participate in the live taping and learn more about healthy cooking.
To read more about this fabulous event, and see all the finalists’ dishes here. Stay tuned for information about the 2nd Annual Diabetes Cook-Off on November 16, 2013!