Rachael and Guy are excited to be mentoring kids for the very first Kids Cook-Off. "To us you are the leaders of the next generation," says Rachael. After welcoming the kids, the two explain how the show works. There will be two challenges: a Pop Quiz to gauge their skills and a Cook-Off, which will be scored. The kid with the most points from each team will be named the MVP and receive a prize. And by the end of the series, one will win his or her own Web series on FoodNetwork.com.
After completing their Pop Quiz, the kids are given their Cook-Off challenge for the day by Mrs. Obama, the First Lady of the United States. She challenges the kids to create a healthy and delicious lunch that includes a lean protein for a main dish, two sides of either a vegetable or a grain, and a healthy dessert. Each team member will take on cooking one of the four components and prepare it for their presentation in front of guest judge Stefanie Scott from the TV show Ant Farm.
Jack is making south-of-the-border chicken cutlets with his special smoky barbecue sauce. He has a great technique for making unfried chicken by coating the chicken in olive oil, then breadcrumbs, searing it, then baking it. It's a dish he came up with during his recovery from leukemia.
Rachael, Guy and guest judge Stefanie put their heads together and discuss each kid-chef's dish. The three are very impressed with the professionalism of the kids and how imaginative the dishes were. The only complaint was that some dishes could have used more seasoning or more acidity, but overall the critiques are positive.