McDonald’s Enlists Help to Test Happy Meals


OAK BROOK, Ill. — Sarah Ralston, 11, and Elayna Saley, 8, have won the McDonald’s U.S. Happy Meal Chefs contest and will have the opportunity to work alongside Dan Coudreaut, executive chef, McDonald’s, to help create and test new nutrition-minded Happy Meals.

“I loved how Sarah and Elayna uniquely illustrated their passion for cooking balanced meals with their families,” said Coudreaut.

“I can’t wait to collaborate with them and see how they’ll inspire our Happy Meal innovation.”

The contest launched in March as part of McDonald’s new Happy Meal campaign that aims to help make nutrition fun for kids. It was open to parents and guardians with kids — ranging in age from eight to 11 — who were asked to submit a brief questionnaire and a short online video showing nutritious family mealtime experiences.

Saley and her father showed how they make mealtime fun by preparing dishes using ingredients from the USDA’s MyPlate-recommended food groups. Ralston and her mother incorporated balance and good choices throughout a day of exercising, grocery shopping and making meals full of colourful fruits and veggies.

The two winners and eight finalists won a trip to this summer’s Olympic Games in London, where they will meet and play with Olympic athletes, attend sporting events and participate in cooking activities that promote balanced eating.

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