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Macaulay is thrilled to recognize three student chefs who participated in our recent Macaulay-Misfits Market Recipe Challenge: juniors Leah Rubin (Hunter), Katherine Quach (Baruch), and Savannah Sclafani (Hunter). The challenge is a partnership designed by the Macaulay Parents’ Council and Misfits Market online grocer to encourage healthy student eating, snacking, and home or dorm food preparation.

After submitting their own recipes and corresponding creation stories, chefs were treated to an exclusive tour of the Lehman College test kitchen. There, they had the opportunity to prepare their recipes in a state of the art professional kitchen, and get tips and guidance from a volunteer panel of healthy eating advocates.

Katherine Quach decided to submit her Smoothie Bowl after perfecting its balanced, colorful ingredients. “Ever since I was a kid, my mother would make delicious mixed berry smoothies during hot, humid summers for my siblings and I to enjoy.” Katherine adapted her mother’s recipe into a bowl to relate the concept of sharing a meal with busy family and friends.

Savannah Sclafani also created her Shrimp Boats to be enjoyed with others—she developed the dish in her Hunter College dorm room. “I wanted to experiment and shared this dish with one of my best friends who often cooks for my friends and me.”

Leah Rubin began cooking as a way to incorporate a wider variety of foods into her diet. “The sweetness from the sweet potatoes, the tang from the lemons, and the crunch from the vegetables have made this a staple in our house and a fun meal each time,” she says.

Created by Ilana Zablozki-Amir P’20, Stephanie Boldur P’25, Danielle Lamphier P’23, and Anne Wennerstrand P’23, members of the Student Wellness Committee of Macaulay’s Parents’ Council, the challenge was designed to encourage students to think about healthy nutrition in fun and inventive ways.  Online value grocer Misfits Market generously supported this initiative and provided ingredients for the test kitchen experience. Each student received a $200 Misfits Market gift card.  Special thanks to Lehman College Professor Katherine Burt and College Assistant Xiomara Bryan.

ABOUT MACAULAY PARENTS’ COUNCIL A group of active and supportive individuals, the Parents’ Council forges strong relationships among parents, prospective parents, and the larger college community.

ABOUT MISFITS MARKET Online grocer Misfits Market is a mission-driven company dedicated to making high-quality food more accessible to more people. By tackling inefficiencies in the food system, they’ve created a new supply chain that brings value to farmers and food makers, fights food waste, and results in customer savings.