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Owen BurdoGrand Prize Winner $1,500
Owen Burdo
Lexington, Kentucky

Owen expresses his unique character through his superstar kitchen skills. This budding gourmet chef started out by helping his parents mix, measure, chop, and stir ingredients, and has moved up to taking chef-in-training classes, where he has learned knife safety and kitchen sanitation skills. “I’m a huge Food Network fan,” says the now 9-year-old. “I even have the magazine.”

Owen’s creative personality shines through in his winning recipe, which proved a fun twist on a breakfast favorite: Waffles! “I like breakfast, I love waffles, and what could make them better than topping them with fruit and homemade whipped cream?” he says. We couldn’t agree more.

The food he could eat every day: Little Caesars’ bread sticks

His silliest cooking memory: Once when I was cooking bacon, the oil in the pan jumped and got in my eye (I learned my lesson and I’m much more careful now).

His advice for wannabe chefs: Start with something easy, like sandwiches and salads. Once you get the hang of it, you can try the harder stuff, like sautéing.

Waffles à la Owen


Active time:
45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

1 cup sliced strawberries                
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup orange juice
¼ cup Xlear XyloSweet sweetener, divided
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 cups Earth Balance Organic Soymilk Original
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract

  1. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, add the strawberries, blueberries, orange juice, and 2 tablespoons of the XyloSweet. Cook for 10 minutes, or until berries are softened. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and mix well.
  4. In a large bowl or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the egg yolks and the remaining 2 tablespoons of XyloSweet until the egg yolks are pale yellow, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix again.
  5. In a clean bowl or stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form, about 5 minutes. Gently fold egg whites into the waffle batter. Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until golden brown. Serve waffles topped with berry sauce and whipped cream.

Makes 6 to 8 waffles
Per waffle (8): calories 252, fat 10g, protein 9g, carbohydrates 28g, dietary fiber 2g

*To make the whipped cream, combine ½ cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, and ¼ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract in a bowl or stand mixer. Beat until soft peaks begin to form, about 5 minutes.

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