Winning a healthy recipe contest for kids will net the reward of dinner at the White House hosted by first lady Michelle Obama this summer.

Called the second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids State Dinner, the competition invites contestants from all U.S. states and territories, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Along with the first lady, the USDA is hosting the event with Epicurious magazine and the Department of Education, according to the release.

“Last year’s Kids State Dinner was one of my favorite events we’ve ever done for Let’s Move! because it perfectly captured how young people, parents, community leaders and businesses can come together for innovative, healthy solutions,”  Obama said in the release.  “Last year’s young chefs impressed and inspired me with their creativity, and I can’t wait to welcome a whole new group to the White House this summer and taste their creations.”

Using federal dietary guidelines that support USDA’s Myplate graphic (at, the contestants (parents or guardians and their children, ages 8 to 12 years old) will create and submit an original lunch recipe that is healthy, affordable, and tasty and accounts for each of the food groups, according to the release.

Contest winners will be chosen by a panel of judges, including Epicurious editor Tanya Steel, Let’s Move! executive director Sam Kass, USDA and Department of Education representatives and a yet-to-be named celebrity chef.

Recipes can be submitted April 3 through May 12, online at

Winners will be notified at the end of June, according to the release.

For more information and contest rules visit