Taiyo Oil, together with Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (hereafter "Yamaguchi Broadcasting," based in Shunan City, Yamaguchi Prefecture; part of the Nippon News Network) and with the support of the Yamaguchi Prefectural Board of Education, held the "Kids Cooking Battle Presented by SOLATO."
The event was designed to bring the joy of cooking and eating to children in Yamaguchi prefecture in the vicinity of Taiyo Oil's offices there. The first event was held on an experimental basis last year, making this year's the second.
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 took place on Sunday, July 30. Four pairs made it through the initial screening, each pair working together to cook and present a dish within the 90-minute time limit. After rigorous judging, the top prize, the Taiyo Oil SOLATO Award, went to the Munemasa parent-child team, which beat the others with its home-grown vegetable-rich cooking.
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 26 (Sat.).
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, or submitting it in person
Menu plan to be entered
“A meal to serve to my 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- Be an original, unpublished lineup of dishes that can be prepared in less than 1 hour and 30 minutes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 30, 2017 (Sunday), 11:50 – 16:15
Yamaguchi Health Center (in the Yamaguchi General Health Hall, Yoshikishimo-higashi 3-1-1, Yamaguchi)
Tomomi Nishimura, Entertainer (from Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
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 26 (Sat.), 9:25 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., KRY Yamaguchi Broadcasting
Scenes from the Final Stage
Announcing the winners
Commemorative photo of the Final Stage participants