LI boy's recipe a winner with Michelle Obama

Peter Murphy, a 3rd grader at Shelter Rock

Peter Murphy, a 3rd grader at Shelter Rock Elementary School, was named an Epicurious Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Winner for New York with the creation of his entry called "Super Rescue Soup." Murphy will head to Washington, D.C. (Credit: Handout)

Peter Murphy, 9, of Manhasset said he has been cooking since he was 2.

So when the third-grader was challenged by first lady Michelle Obama to whip up an original lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable -- and delicious -- he did just that.

Peter's Super Rescue Soup, inspired by superstorm Sandy, is one of 54 winners, announced Thursday, in the nationwide contest. He will represent New York State next month at a White House "State Dinner" for kid chefs hosted by the first lady.


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The July 9 food fest to promote healthy lunches will feature a selection of their winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden. Peter hopes his dish, which his mom, Jill Murphy, said features generous helpings of green beans, zucchini, carrots and barley, as well as white beans, Long Island potatoes and some onions, will be on the menu.

"We had no electricity for 15 days and could get little from the grocery, but the farm stand had a ton of vegetables," she said Thursday.

Obama said in a news release Thursday that the "dinner," in its second year, is one of her "favorite events of the year, and the kid chefs who come from around the country never cease to impress and inspire me with their creativity and ingenuity."

Peter, who attends Shelter Rock Elementary School, beat out 74 other New Yorkers.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" is part of Obama's Let's Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity.

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