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Florida Chefs Win “Healthy, Fast, ‘Fresh From Florida’ Challenge” At World Food Championship

By Florida Department of Health, Office of Communications

November 06, 2015

Nov. 6, 2015



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Kissimmee, Fla.—The Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services are pleased to announce the winners of the “Healthy, Fast, ‘Fresh From Florida’ Challenge.” Louis Robinson, Sherri Williams and Rochelle Vincent competed live at the World Food Championship in Kissimmee, FL and were awarded first, second and third place, respectively.

“This challenge demonstrates that healthy meals, made with fruits and vegetables grown right here in Florida, can be prepared quickly and economically,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “I want to thank the competitors for inspiring Floridians to prepare healthy meals for themselves and their families.”

“From Pensacola to Key West, Florida’s farmers produce and harvest a wide variety of fresh, wholesome products that are available year-round. I congratulate these winners on rising to the challenge to make delicious meals using Florida’s premier fruits and vegetables,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “With hundreds of healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes at, you don’t have to be a competitive chef to take advantage of all that Florida has to offer.”

Presented by Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the competition challenged Floridians to quickly create healthy meals using Fresh From Florida fruits and vegetables.

Each recipe entered in the competition was required to be less than 500 calories, include at least three colors, be low in sodium, contain at least two Fresh From Florida fruits or vegetables and one source of protein and take no more than five minutes to cook. All submissions were also required to be original.

The competitors and their dishes included:

Dishes were judged on execution, appearance and taste by Chef Jermaine Allen of Chop.Cook.Eat personal chef service, Chef Macy Macnealy of Publix Aprons cooking school and Chef Jennifer Denlinger of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

For more information on the World Food Championship, or to plan your visit to next year’s event, visit

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