On Tuesday youth from YMCA of the North will compete in Sliced!, a cooking competition, to learn more about cooking, food finances and health.

The youth will be split into teams and given ingredients and a time limit to create dishes inside the learning kitchen at the St. Paul Midway YMCA.

“They’re all going to be given the same ingredients: foods that you would commonly get from a food shelf. You often don’t see them as the healthiest foods, so the challenge for them is to create a healthy meal with food shelf items,” Lisa Pung Michaelson of YMCA said.
Everyone will taste the food afterward, and local chefs will judge the winning dish.

The youths will also hear from local chefs and restaurant owners about finding career opportunities in the culinary industry, food handling, general kitchen safety, knife skills and planning healthy meals with limited resources.

The event is not open to the general public.