Manhasset Boy Joins First Lady for Healthy Lunch; Meets President Obama and Visits White House
July 11, 2013
by Dana Klosner
(Long Island, NY) Nine-year-old Peter Murphy of Manhasset loves to cook. It was that love of cooking and his creativity that led him to the White House to meet the President and the First Lady on Tuesday, July 9th 2013.
Peter entered a recipe contest sponsored by The First Lady, Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture to promote healthy lunches as part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Initiative.
Peter was one of 54 winners ages 8-12 out of 1,300 entries. The winners enjoyed The Healthy Lunchtimes Challenge and Kids “State Dinner.” Called a “State Dinner” because they followed the guidelines of what they do for the heads of state, the group actually joined The First Lady for a healthy lunch featuring a selection of winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden.
“First we were announced and we saw a balloon guy do funny tricks,” Peter said of the dinner. “Then The First Lady mentioned the winner from last year who has her own website now.”
“I was really excited and nervous meeting her,” Peter said of his chat with Mrs. Obama. “She asked what I was doing for the summer. I said baseball camp. I told her I’m from Long Island and she said, ‘Let me guess, your favorite baseball team is the Yankees.’ Then she asked who my favorite player was. I said Derek Jeeter and she said she likes him too.”
As a surprise to everyone the President himself stopped in.
“He was pretty tall and he smiled a lot,” Peter said. “I shook his hand. It felt good. He was a nice guy.”
Peter won the contest for his recipe he calls “Super Rescue Soup.” He created the soup in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
“We were out of power for fifteen days,” said his mother, Jill. “There was no dairy and no produce in the store. We passed a farm stand and realized it was harvest time. Peter picked out a bounty of fall vegetables to make vegetable soup. We made the soup on our gas stove.”
The contest called for the recipes to contain each of the food groups. Peter’s soup includes onions, carrots, celery, green beans, zucchini and potatoes.
“We thought this would be a fun project for him to do,” Jill said. “Then we won and got to meet the President and The First Lady!”
This is the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, originated by Epicurious to promote healthy eating among America’s youth.
Is cooking in Peter’s future? He’s not sure. When he grows up he wants to be either a baseball player, a doctor, or, of course, a chef.
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