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Posted October 18, 2013
Teens Turned Up the Heat at Teen Chili Challenge

Members of teen councils from St. Petersburg recreation centers turned up the heat and battled it out to take home the top prize during the Teen Chili Challenge.

The Chili Challenge was a part of St. Pete Fire and Rescue's 24th Annual Fire Prevention Block Party, held on Saturday October 12. Teen council members from 10 local recreation centers served up their best healthy chili in the categories of Lean & Mean (red meat), All About Beans (vegetarian), and Fowl Bowl (poultry). A panel of judges that included firefighters, a nutrition expert, and community figures was on hand to make the tough choices of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as the winners of the Heart Healthy and Top Chef awards. Congratulations to Walter Fuller, Childs Park, J. W. Cate, Willis S. Johns, and Campbell Park recreation centers on their wins! As a part of 1st prize, team members from Walter Fuller Recreation Center will get to cook their White Chicken Chili for firefighters at Master Fire Station.

The Teen Chili Challenge was presented by All Children's Hospital and Kohl's Cooks for Kids and would not have been possible without the support of Kohl's Department Stores, St. Pete Fire and Rescue, the City of St. Petersburg, and Radio Disney.

The event was held at Lake Vista Recreation Center and it gave teens the chance to show off their healthy cooking skills to the community. For more information on the winning recipes and the Kohl's Cooks for Kids program, visit: www.kohlscooksforkids.org.

Since 2007, Kohl's has been supporting the efforts at All Children's Hospital to help families learn about nutrition and preparing healthy meals.  Under the Kohl's grant, All Children's Hospital offers fun and interactive classes and events that encourage children to make healthy choices and teaches them basic culinary skills so they can assist the family in making tasty and healthy recipes.