Orillia Student Prepares Kid Food Nation Success (5 photos)

Norah German’s recipe for roasted tomato soup was one of 26 chosen from young aspiring chefs across Canada

A student from Orillia Elementary School is one of 26 children to be selected as the crème de la crème of Canada’s budding young chefs in the fifth annual Kid Food Nation National Recipe Competition.

10-year-old Norah German was chosen after submitting a recipe for roasted tomato soup.

On Saturday, the 5th grade student from Couchiching Heights Public School was an exclusive guest along with the other winners who participated in a Kid Food Nation virtual cooking lesson with celebrity chef Marysol Foucault. The event was hosted by Spencer Litzinger and Tyra Sweet from YTV.

The national competition was open to young chefs aged 7 to 13, who were asked to submit original and healthy recipes showcasing their culture or Canadian pride.

German says she loves to cook and has her own Instagram page where she offers cooking videos. She says cooking allows her to be creative and that she enjoys sharing generosity with others.

German says his mother is his inspiration. “She loves to cook and teaches me how to cook,” German said, noting that her mother taught her how to make the roasted tomato soup that wowed the judges.

“My family love to eat it with fresh focaccia bread,” said German, who also enjoys singing and swimming and spending time with his pet hamster, Tigger.

Her very first attempt in the kitchen was banana bread, which she called “delicious”.

But eating healthy is important for the young person who says that “eating vegetables every day” is an important healthy habit.

Daughter Orillia’s recipe will be featured in Volume 5 of the Kid Food Nation Cookbook, which will be distributed across Canada this month.

In addition to a prize package including a personalized Kid Food Nation tablet, cooking tools and chef’s jacket and apron, each winner will receive a $ 5,000 grant from the President’s Choice Children’s Foundation for a system of growing food in the classroom, as well as tools and supplies for the winners and their classmates to grow their own vegetable gardens at home.

This means German and his classmates in Couchiching Heights have some fun times ahead.

Here is Norah German’s winning recipe:






  • 12 Italian tomatoes (about 2 ¾ lb / 1.375 kg), seeded and halved
  • 2 Spanish or white onions, cut into wedges
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp. (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 C. (15 mL) chopped fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp. (2 ml) salt
  • ¼ tsp. (1 ml) pepper
  • 4 cups (1 L) chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (28 oz / 796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) basil pesto
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 ºF (230 ºC). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the tomatoes on a baking sheet, cut side up, and add the onions and garlic. Drizzle the vegetables with oil, thyme, salt and pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until the vegetables are very tender and golden brown.
  3. Transfer the vegetables and juices to a large pot. Add broth and diced tomatoes; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender, reduce the soup to a smooth puree. You can also transfer the soup to a batch blender and puree until smooth. Stir the pesto into the soup and heat through. Pour into bowls and serve with Parmesan, if desired.

TRICK: This soup freezes well. Let cool completely and pour into airtight containers. Freeze for up to a month.


The National Recipe Contest is designed to raise awareness of the Kid Food Nation program which takes place at BGC (formerly Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada) clubs across the country.

Generously supported by the President’s Choice children’s charity, the eight-week Kid Food Nation program has four main goals:

  • Teaching children ages 7 to 12 essential cooking skills
  • Encourage healthy choices about the food they eat
  • Enable parents and families to plan, prepare and cook healthy meals and snacks
  • Foster healthy habits for life

To date, the program has taken place at 94 BGC Club locations across the country, and it is working – over 2,500 children have participated in the program and three out of four participants report trying a new recipe at home.

President’s Choice children’s charity is BGC Canada’s most important nutritional partner. With Kid Food Nation, they support Basic Needs Brighter Future, Project Backpack and Summertime Eat Well. Together, the four programs ensure that the 200,000 members of BGC eat well and thrive year round.

Kid Food Nation also consists of a free public website created by Corus Entertainment, which includes games, videos, healthy eating tips, fun cooking facts, recipes and more. Check out all the action at kidfoodnation.com.

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