N4HK Cook-Off big on taste, talent and presentation for debut season
The four young chefs vying for the title of Top Kid Chef in the N4HK Kids Cook-Off (from left) Logan Oliver, Shiloh Harris, Summer Smith and Pilar Silvera. (Photo: Neish Creative)

Four kids, eight meals, one grand prize of $300,000.

The Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) Cook-Off was launched by Nestlé Jamaica Limited to commemorate International Chef Day (ICD) on October 20, 2022. The 30-minute TV series debuted on Sunday, October 16 ahead of the ICD celebrations, to highlight and develop children with culinary skills, celebrate the culinary landscape for ICD, and educate consumers about the Nestlé for Healthier Kids programme.

Pilar Silvera's winning dish from Episode 7, the "Family Bonding: Picnic Style" challenge (Photo: Neish Creative)

Hosted by renowned Executive Chef Brian Lumley, who is now the corporate chef at Nestlé Jamaica Limited, each module in the eight-episode series featured four young chefs — Shiloh Harris, Pilar Silvera, Summer Smith and Logan Oliver — who went head-to-head each week in a battle for points, bragging rights and a first-place cash price of $300,000.

Each week the contestants were given a theme to prepare a meal of their choice using the ingredients, some of which were Nestlé favourites of course. The special themes were most times paired with a topic that explores general nutrition and wellness, utilising various educational aspects of the Nestlé for Healthier Kids programme, a primary-based plan aimed at students 7-12 years of age, to raise awareness on the importance of food education for children. Some of the topics included superfoods, the importance of reading food labels, the types of sugars, and the importance of breakfast, among others.

N4HK Cook-Off judges Joshua (left) and Lauren Campbell giving their taste-test feedback to head judge Chef Brian Lumley. (Photo: Neish Creative)

With Lumley, a two-time Jamaican Chef of the Year and one-time Caribbean Chef of the Year, at the helm as the show's host and main judge, the series was a must-watch for the entire family. Joining Lumley in the judges' seats were the Campbell siblings, Joshua and Lauren, more affectionately known as LC and Weezy.

Lumley, one of Jamaica's brightest and widely known culinary stars, proved to be a great 'master chef' to lead the budding chefs on their competitive culinary journey. Each week the young chefs were judged based on the following areas: theme alignment, nutrition, taste and presentation. They were then assigned points based on their ranking with 10 points for first place, seven points for second, five for third, and three for fourth place.

Nestlé Anglo-Dutch Caribbean Public Relations Manager Garfene Grandison hands over a cheque for $300,000 to Pilar Silvera, winner of the Nestlé for Healthier Kids Cook-Off. (Photo: Neish Creative)

After a very competitive showing, 12-year-old Pilar Silvera was dubbed the first N4HK Cook-Off winner on her birthday, after a consistent showing of her culinary prowess.

There were for eight weeks lots of high moments — and some lows — with great tastes and presentations. Saturday Social shares a few of the season's highlights.

Pilar Silvera, winner of the first N4HK Cook-Off, with her mother Avia Golding (Photo: Neish Creative)
Summer Smith (right) and Pilar Silvera pay keen attention to their meal preparation during the team challenge where each pair was asked to prepare a meal using Nestlé Stouffers Mac and Cheese as an accompaniment. (Photo: Neish Creative)
The winning dish prepared by Pilar and Summer using the Nestlé Stouffers Mac and Cheese and chicken breast. (Photo: Neish Creative)
Pilar Silvera's winning dish from Episode 2, the "Super Foods Mystery Basket" challenge (Photo: Neish Creative)
Logan Oliver looks pretty pleased with his sweet treat creation. (Photo: Neish Creative)
Precision and team work were the goals for Shiloh Harris (left) and Logan Oliver during the team challenge. (Photo: Neish Creative)
Shiloh Harris is a picture of concentration as he channels "salt bae" while seasoning his Nestlé Stouffers Mac and Cheese before placing it in the oven. (Photo: Neish Creative)
Summer Smith, one of the four kid chefs, displays her breakfast creation. (Photo: Neish Creative)

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