A 12-year-old Hinsdale boy is headed to the White House as Illinois’ winner in Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
Jonah Schaik’s unique pesto pasta recipe, created to cater to his younger brother’s food allergies, won him a trip to the White House to meet and dine with the First Lady and take a tour of the White House kitchen garden, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The event, sprouted from Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative, will bring Schaik and his mother to Washington D.C. Aug. 19 to 21 along with 53 other winners of the challenge, whose dishes will be featured in the group's healthy lunch with Mrs. Obama, the Sun-Times reports.
As Illinois’ winner, the young chef represents the Chicago area and Obama’s home town.
Obama’s headquarters are based in Chicago along with his pre-White House Kenwood home. The First Lady plans to bring the President home next weekend for a birthday soirée and travelling fundraiser for the President’s ongoing campaign.