The Red Robin burger chain has come out with its annual “Red Robin Kids’ Cook-Off” Cookbook — and one of the recipes selected came from 13-year-old Cameron Green of Salem.
Kids ages six to 12 expressed their culinary creativity by submitting original gourmet burger recipes and 100-word statements on why their burgers deserved to be America’s next gourmet burger.
Cameron’s “Pina Colada Fish Burger” is made with a tilapia filet, shredded coconut, coconut milk, pineapple, a Kaiser roll, iceberg lettuce, lime juice, honey and crushed red peppers.
In addition to Cameron’s creation, the cookbook features 49 other kid-invented gourmet burger recipes and back-to-school safety tips and conversation starters from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for kids and parents to discuss while doing something fun together, like cooking.
You can download the entire cookbook– for free — on the Red Robin website. Red Robin also is now accepting entries for the next edition of the cookbook, too.
(You’ll notice it lists Cameron was 12, which he was at the time he entered the contest.)
We also had a previous post about the contest.
Here’s what Cameron — who’ll be entering ninth grade at Salem High School this fall — had to say about his recipe:
How often do you visit Red Robin – why do you like it?
“We go to Red Robin about once a month – they have a good variety of food on the menu and it’s a fun place to eat — fun atmosphere.”
How did you come to enter the contest?
“One day early last summer I saw the promotion for the contest while we were eating in the restaurant — it sounded like it would be a fun thing to do.”
How’d you come up with this particular recipe?”
“We eat a lot of fish and we like the Caribbean and Florida Keys. I wanted to create something that would bring a taste of the islands back home.”
Have you made this particular recipe —what’s it like?
“Yes — we’ve made it several times and we love it. You get the sweet favors of the coconut and pineapple, along with a kick from the peppers that’s in the glaze.”
Have you invented other recipes?
“ Yes — I like making unique foods that I think would be fun to make and everyone will enjoy.” (Cameron makes quite a few of his own sauces and spice/rub combinations.)
How’d you find out your recipe made the book — what was your reaction?
“I found out my recipe made the book when I received a letter from Red Robin in the mail last summer. I was very excited when it said my recipe had been chosen for the cookbook.” (Only 50 recipes across the nation were selected.)
What else would you like to share — about recipes, cooking, yourself, etc?
“I started getting into cooking about two years ago when my grandfather and I started making homemade pizzas for our family. I have liked creating new things since I was very little and I thought I’d try putting that creativity into cooking.”
Cameron also enjoys playing basketball, golf, swimming, snorkeling, and travel. He lives with his parents, Mike and Terri Green, and his two dogs in Salem.