12-Year-Old West Allis Resident’s ‘Volcano Chicken Burger’ Included in Red Robin’s Annual Kids’ Cook-Off Cookbook

July 29, 2010

West Allis resident, 12-year-old Casslynn Choy’s “Volcano Chicken Burger” was selected by Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) from more than 11,000 recipes to be featured in the 4th annual “Red Robin Kids’ Cook-Off” Cookbook available for FREE download online at www.redrobin.com starting on Tuesday, Aug. 3. In addition to Choy’s creation, and 49 other kid-invented gourmet burgers, the Cookbook includes a recipe from Cook-Off celebrity judge, the Food Network’s Robin Miller, and back-to-school safety tips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) that kids and parents can discuss while cooking together.


The kid-invented recipes included in the cookbook were selected from entries submitted during the 4th annual “Red Robin Kids’ Cook-Off” in 2009. Kids ages six to 12 expressed their culinary creativity by submitting original gourmet burger recipes and 100-word statements on why their burgers deserved to be America’s next gourmet burger. The cookbook recipes were chosen based on their inventive combination of ingredients and fun flavors, and the accompanying 100-word statement.


Choy’s Volcano Chicken Burger is made with crisp chicken, red onions, red chili flakes, tomato, sweet and sour sauce, mayonnaise, and lettuce leaf on a ciabatta bun. Choy felt her burger deserved to be America’s next gourmet burger because it’s, “A unique burger. It’s tasty and brings in an Asian fusion flare!”


Back-to-school time is exciting for the whole family, but it’s also a time for parents to be thinking about child safety. Approximately 38 percent of all attempted abductions of children happen when kids are going to and from school or a school-related activity. The good news is that in 84 percent of these attempted abductions, the kids get away because they know what to do. As a result, NCMEC believes back-to-school is a smart time for families to review their child safety strategies because it is a time when children are interacting with new and different people outside their homes. The Red Robin Kids’ Cook-Off Cookbook makes this conversation easier for families because it’s a resource that allows them to review their child safety strategies in a relaxed setting while cooking together.


According to NCMEC, open family communication is a primary and vital component to keeping kids safe. Some of the back-to-school safety tips found in the cookbook to help families with this important safety discussion with their children include:

• Make sure your child knows how to identify other trusted adults in case you’re not available during an emergency, such as uniformed law enforcement, crossing guards or parents with kids

• Advise your kids not to take short-cuts on the way to or from school. Make sure they walk with a group, or if your kids take the bus, wait with them

• If an adult approaches your child for help – or offers a gift or a ride – teach your kids to immediately get away. Kids don’t need to be polite in these situations – and adults should not be asking kids for help


In addition to making NCMEC’s back-to-school safety tips accessible to all families nationwide with the free Kids’ Cook-Off Cookbook, Red Robin also is supporting NCMEC’s safety initiatives with an in-restaurant fundraiser from Aug. 3 to Sept. 12. During that time, the grand-prize-winning burger from the 4th annual “Red Robin Kids’ Cook-Off” – the “Spicy Honey Glazed Bacon Burger” developed by 10-year-old Emma Potts from Bonney Lake, Wash. – will be featured and sold nationally at all U.S. Red Robin® restaurants. Fifty cents* from every “Spicy Honey Glazed Bacon Burger” sold will benefit NCMEC. Potts’ winning burger is featured on page 10 of the Cookbook.


Red Robin’s 5th annual Kids’ Cook-Off kicks off on Aug. 3. Kids ages six to 12 are again encouraged to create and submit their gourmet burger recipe entries online at www.RedRobinKidsCookOff.com from Aug. 3 to Sept. 12, 2010, for the chance to be named the next Kids’ Cook-Off grand-prize winner.


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