Stepping back into the spotlight, Michelle Obama made a surprise guest appearance on a previously taped episode of ‘MasterChef Junior,’ and her touching words for kids everywhere were EVERYTHING! It only goes to show the former FLOTUS truly is queen when it comes to reaching children.
Michelle Obama, 53, challenged contestants on the Mar. 16 episode of MasterChef Junior to cook healthy dishes based off specific “my plate” guidelines — and in the process, she shared some beautiful words of encouragement. “For your mystery box challenge, I’m asking all of you to come up with an original recipe that’s healthy and follows the ‘my plate’ symbol,” Michelle told the young chefs. “Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies, and the rest with whole grains, lean protein, and dairy.”
The show, which was filmed last year when President Barack Obama, 55, was still in office, had one challenge winner: Justise Mayberry, 11, from Georgia. The youngster impressed judges with her recipe of pan-seared shrimp with sautéed bell peppers, carrots, eggplant, and quinoa, and as her reward, Justise attended Michelle’s final Kids’ State Dinner in July 2016.
“I don’t think I ever imagined that me, 11-year-old Justise from Georgia, would get to go in the White House and have dinner with Michelle Obama!” an excited Justise gushed. But that’s not all she got to do! The chef also had the opportunity to interview Michelle prior to the event, and received some very sound advice from the former FLOTUS.
“There is nothing more important that you can do for yourself than to get an education,” she told Justise — and kids everywhere. “Doing your best not just in the kitchen, but you’ve got to be your best in the classroom. I want you all to keep pushing and preparing yourself for college and doing well.”
Michelle continued, “And the last thing I would tell you to do is use your voice and help others because a lot of kids don’t know how important it is to eat healthy. So you guys have to be our ambassadors and introduce them to new vegetables and fruits.” Pretty sweet, right?
The clip also offers a glimpse inside the Kids’ State Dinner, which is an event Michelle created during her time in the White House. At the event this past summer, young chefs and their parents/guardians were treated to a sit-down dinner with 56 young chefs representing every U.S. state.
In her address to the guests, Michelle made sure to stress the importance of having children in the kitchen. “I can’t wait to see everything you all do with your lives in the months and years ahead,” she said. Is it just us or is Michelle’s enthusiasm contagious?
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you love Michelle’s encouraging words? Do you think her idea for a Kids’ State Dinner was a good one?