The HT Dinner Divas Named Winners of Competitive Cooking Contest
Pennsauken, NJ – May 3, 2018 (CNBNewsnet)– Teams sponsored by South Jersey corporations recently showcased their cooking skills at the sixth annual "Food Bank Hunger Games" held at the Food Bank of South Jersey’s (FBSJ) Pennsauken headquarters. The creative competition raised $35,0000 for FBSJ’s children’s programs, which bring breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to needy children during the summer months, and meals to children after school. Hosted by FOX29 news anchor and reporter Bill Anderson, the event was supported by lead sponsor Canada Dry and Snapple.
The Hunger Games blends elements from the popular Food Network TV show Chopped and the Hunger Games book and film franchise by challenging teams to create a healthy meal in less than 45 minutes utilizing a box of food items that FBSJ typically distributes through its pantry network. All of the ingredients used in the competition were sponsored by Wegmans.
This year’s big winner was The HT Dinner Divas, sponsored by last year’s reigning champions, The Soulfull Project. Other corporate teams vying for first place were: Federal Rent-A-Fence, HBK CPA and Consultants, Jefferson Health, GrayHair Software, Subaru, Holman Auto Group, CareOne, Parts Life and Wells Fargo. Culinary advisors from Wegmans, Seasons 52, Shoprite Medford, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Silver Diner mentored each team as they cooked, prepared and presented their dishes to the judging panel.
“This event keeps getting bigger and better each year. I am always truly amazed by the support and enthusiasm we receive year after year,” said Val Traore, President and CEO, Food Bank of South Jersey. “Our teams really embrace the competitive competition and gain an understanding for how tough it is to create a healthy meal with limited resources. We truly appreciate our sponsors, teams, mentors and attendees for helping to make this year’s Food Bank Hunger Games successful.”
In addition to the competition, the event featured a dessert tasting and secondary competition where local bakeries and restaurants competed for the “Best of the Bite Sized” title, in which Seasons 52 took home the first prize. New to the event this year was theCanada Dry Happy Hour Lounge, where attendees could purchase food, local wine, beer and listen to live music.
BELOW: Representatives from Seasons 52 accept the award for the “Best of the Bite Sized” competition.
About the Food Bank of South Jersey
The Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) is the leader in providing safe and nutritional food to people in need throughout South Jersey. FBSJ distributes food, provides nutrition education and cooking courses, and helps food-insecure families and seniors find sustainable ways to improve their lives. In 2017, FBSJ provided over 13 million pounds of food to approximately 200,000 South Jersey residents. Providing community impact through local support, FBSJ ensures that local donations stay local. FBSJ is a member of Feeding America, our nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. To learn more visit www.foodbanksj.org.