WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today congratulated John Breitfelder, 9, of New Canaan on becoming the Connecticut winner of the First Lady’s 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. John won with his recipe for quinoa risotto with shrimp and kale. John will dine with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House today with the winners from the other 49 states as part of the Kids’ “State Dinner.” Click here to watch a livestream of the event, which started at 11:25 a.m.

“Congratulations to John on winning this prestigious competition,” said Himes. “It is so important that our children eat the nutritional meals they need to become healthy and strong, and I am pleased to see the next generation of young chefs making their own healthy choices.”

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invited families to create an original lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, and delicious, following the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges from Epicurious, the Department of Education, and the Department of Agriculture. Click here to download a cookbook of all of the winning recipes.