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Teen Nutrition Wins the Battle at New York Methodist Hospital

BROOKLYN, NY (May 24, 2012) - With physical activity and nutrition identified as a health priority in New York Methodist Hospital's (NYM) Community Service Plan, the Hospital recently partnered with Councilman Brad Lander to produce Teen Battle Chef, a program created with the goal of reshaping teens' approach to food and nutrition, while teaching them culinary skills.

The eight-week Teen Battle Chef program, based in the former John Jay High School building, which is located just north of the NYM campus, included hands-on training in the kitchen as well as cooking competitions. The students, who competed in two teams, were selectively chosen from the schools housed at the John Jay building. Each of the weekly contests featured a different "all-star" judging panel composed of community leaders, local restaurant owners, former Battle Chef contestants and New York Methodist employees.

At the end of April, students from Park Slope Collegiate, Millennium/Brooklyn and the Secondary School for Law, three of the four schools housed in the John Jay building, gathered in NYM's cafeteria for the program's final competition. The students' enthusiasm for cooking shone through in the delicious, healthy dishes they prepared, and as judges heaped praise on all competitors, it was clear that Teen Battle Chef had been a great success.

NYM Teen Battle Chef 2012
NYM Teen Battle Chef 2012
Competitors from "Team Diversity." Left to right, Jessica Cantor, Lissette Rivas, Woody Gaston, Brandon Biscotti, and Kiana Hamilton.

NYM Teen Battle Chef 2012

Student chefs John Carter and Liliana Garita from "Team Numero Uno."

NYM Teen Battle Chef 2012

Winners of Teen Battle Chef's final round Woody Gaston, Brandon Biscotti, Lissette Rivas, Tekiyah Newton and Kiana Hamilton


New York Methodist Hospital (NYM), a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to about 42,000 inpatients each year. In addition, approximately 500,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. NYM has Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Advanced Otolaryngology, Asthma and Lung Disease, Cancer Care, Cardiology and Cardiac SurgeryDiabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders, Digestive and Liver Disorders, Healthy Aging, Neurosciences, Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery, Vascular Medicine and Surgery and Women's Health. New York Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Cornell Medical College and is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.