FORT COLLINS, CO (WKOW) -- A girl from Fort Collins is getting ready for the trip of a lifetime. Next week, she will head to the White House as an invited guest of first lady Michelle Obama.
Hannah Skalicky has been cooking since she was 3 years old.
“I can remember her sitting on chairs to help me flip pancakes and ask all the time, 'Mom, can I help?'" Hannah’s mother Cindy said.
At just 10 years old, Hannah has a sophisticated palate. Her favorite spice is curry powder, her signature dish is puttanesca sauce and recently she learned how to grill.
“I like how you can just kind of experiment in the kitchen and there’s lot of different things you can try,” Hannah said.
So when Hannah heard about a nationwide recipe contest called “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” she got to work. She only had four days to develop an original recipe that is healthy, affordable for families and features a local ingredient.
After some trial and error in the kitchen, she came up with “Hannah’s Sweet & Savory Chicken and Peaches." The dish has rice and grilled curry-rubbed chicken topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, apples and cinnamon. It's topped with a sweet curry milk sauce. On the side, Hannah serves grilled Palisade peaches with a dollop of vanilla Greek yogurt on top, then drizzled in honey. The plate is also garnished with fresh sliced cucumbers.
Hannah’s recipe was selected as the winner from Colorado. More than 1,200 children submitted recipes from all over the country. The 56 winners will travel to Washington on July 12 where they will be guests at a state dinner with Michelle Obama.
All of the winning recipes will be released in an online cookbook. It will be available for free download beginning July 14.
“She’s fearless in the kitchen and isn’t afraid to make mistakes, so that’s something I hope stays with her throughout her life,” Cindy said.