Local 7th-grader wins Michelle Obama’s ‘Lunchtime Challenge’

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A South Florida student got to live out her culinary dream at the nation’s capital, and it was all thanks to a homemade recipe.

Twelve-year-old Olivia LaRochelle won this year’s “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge,” a contest that’s part of first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. The seventh grader from Doral Academy Charter Middle School represented Florida in the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House, Thursday.

Olivia, a Kendall resident, said cooking is a family tradition. “I started liking cooking because my mom also is a cook, so then, since I was 4 years old, I just loved to look at what she started doing in the bowl,” she said.

This was the second year Olivia and her mother, Naylet, entered the contest. Her recipe included local favorites mango and avocado, picked from her grandparents’ backyard.

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