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Young cooks prepare for local Cooking Challenge



Are you a fan of those TV cooking shows where chefs compete to see what kind of dish they can make from surprise ingredients? 

Young people in the La Crosse area are getting ready for such a contest happening next week.  The GROW program in La Crosse is sponsoring its 3rd “Kids Cooking Challenge,” for teams of both teenagers and pre-teens. 

Bonnie Martin from GROW says those young cooks will have a few days to figure out something to prepare, using food items they won’t see until next Thursday.

“December 2nd, they’ll pick up their mystery ingredient bag at our greenhouse on Vine Street,” says Martin. “They’ll have the weekend…through Sunday and Monday morning to submit photos of their progress working in the kitchen, of their final product, and of their recipe.”    

GROW already has 60 teams of cooks signed up for this contest, but the registration period is open through this Sunday, November 28th.  You can register a team at growlacrosse.org.  

Martin is working with a dietary specialist from Viterbo to put together the mystery package to be used by the cooking teams in the contest.


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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