Taiyo Oil recently held the “Kids Cooking Battle Presented by SOLATO” in collaboration with Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (an affiliate of Nippon Television Network Corporation headquartered in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; hereinafter referred to as “Yamaguchi Broadcasting”).
This project was realized based on Taiyo Oil’s wish to hold an event conveying the enjoyment of cooking and eating to the children of Yamaguchi Prefecture, where its Yamaguchi Operations is located. This marks first initiative related to food education for both Taiyo Oil and Yamaguchi Broadcasting.
In the “Kids Cooking Battle Presented by SOLATO,” elementary school children are invited to team up with a guardian and submit an original menu plan. The entries undergo an initial screening, and four winners are selected. The winning teams advance to a round of competition in which the dishes are actually cooked at a screening venue, and this is referred to as the “Final Stage.” The “Final Stage” was held on July 24 (Sun.), and each the four teams that passed the initial screening worked in pairs to cook and serve their dish within a time limit of 90 minutes.
The dishes were carefully assessed, and in the end the “Taiyo Oil SOLATO Award,” the highest award, went to the Fujishimas, a parent-child pair from Ube City who prepared “marinated summer vegetables with akamoku (sargassum seaweed),” as well as a paella that the judge Keiichi Hashimoto, a French chef, said was “at a high level.”
Going forward, Taiyo Oil will continue to carry out regional contribution activities such as these based on educating the children that will be responsible for the next generation.
Footage of the “Final Stage” of the event is scheduled to be broadcast as a television special by the co-sponsor Yamaguchi Broadcasting in August.
Overview of project
Two-person team consisting of a guardian (age 20 or above) and his or her child (elementary school student)
Filling out the required information, and mailing it, submitting it in person, or sending it via the internet
Menu plan to be entered
“A meal that is fun to make and fun to eat, and lifts the spirits of the whole family!”
The menu plan must meet the following requirements.
- Consist of three to five dishes, and include a main dish, side dish, and staple food
- Be unspecified in terms of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and genre such as Japanese, Western, or Chinese
- Be an original, unpublished lineup of dishes that can be prepared in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Contain one food ingredient produced in Yamaguchi Prefecture that must be obtained on the day of the Final Stage
- Be made from generally used seasonings, etc.
- Be a menu lineup that is highly creative and nutritionally balanced
Overview of Final Stage
Date and time
July 24, 2016 (Sunday), 12:00 – 15:00
“Kitchen Room” Experience Workshop, Act Village Ono (7025 Ono, Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Judges on day of the event
Tomomi Nishimura, Entertainer
Keiichi Hashimoto, French Chef
Hisashi Isomura, Executive Officer and Yamaguchi Operations General Manager, Taiyo Oil
Program host: Yutaka Takahashi, Caster, Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Event presenter: Kyoko Aoki, Television Personality, Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Signal (gong) at start and end of event: SOLATO-kun, Taiyo Oil Brand Character
Overview of television special
Title of program
Not yet decided
August 27 (Sat.), 9:25 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., Yamaguchi Broadcasting
Scenes from the Final Stage