Sanabel Suleiman, 12, of Rancho Cucamonga and David Romero, 13, of Riverside County are two of three finalists in John’s Incredible Kids Cook-Off, which will take place Monday, July 25 at John’s Incredible Pizza Company in Carson.
This is the competition’s fourth year, and Sanabel is a returning finalist from last year’s cooking competition, according to a press release.
This year’s third finalist is Dean Forrester of Costa Mesa.
The cooking competition will give the three finalists one hour to prepare an original dish which will then be presented to a panel of three judges for teatime – John Parlet, owner and founder of John’s Incredible Pizza Company; chef Joe Youkhan, champion of “Chopped” and “Fire Masters”; and KTLA reporter Ginger Chan.
The winner will help create a new dish to be featured on John’s Endless Buffet and will receive a cash prize of $5,000, according to the press release.
Guests are invited to watch the action live, and the company’s mascot, IncrediBear, will be there to help crown the winner.
John’s Incredible Pizza Company launched the contest to inspire junior chefs to get into the kitchen and cultivate new flavors and recipes, according to the press release. Children ages 7-12 are invited to submit a video showing off their cooking skills by preparing an original dish and explaining why they want to be a chef.
More than 30 were selected to advance to the semi-finals, during which they prepared a second course for a virtual presentation. The top three scores determined the finalists.
For more information and a video of the finalists, visit johnspizza.com/kidscookfinals.