Jonah Schaik keeps popping up in the news.
The 12-year-old Hinsdale resident who visited the White House last month for a special lunch with First Lady Michelle Obama as one of about 50 winners of Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge was featured over the weekend in an NBC 5 TV spot that discussed the trip and Schaik's culinary tastes.
According to The Doings' Aug. 20 story, Schaik and his mom, Madelyn, were able to meet President Barack Obama when he surprised the group with a visit.
"It was such an honor and privilege to dine in the White House and meeting Mrs. Obama and President Obama," an email from Madelyn to Patch read. "It was a wonderful experience."
The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge was open to 8- to 12-year-olds all over the country who submitted a dish that was judged based on its nutritional value, taste, creativity, affordability, and the story behind it, according to The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge's website. Jonah's winning dish, according to the site, was Jonah's Pesto Pasta.
"Winners were selected from over 1,200 delicious entries, which were evaluated at D.C. Central Kitchen by a panel of judges that included Kass; Chef José Andrés; Marshall and Alex Reid, authors of Portion Size Me; Epicurious Editor-in-Chief Tanya Steel; and representatives from the USDA and the Department of Education," the contest's website reads.