IHOP® Restaurants Announces Its First-Ever Kid Culinary Team
Meet the IHOP Kid Culinary Team:
Elise Bromund, of Greensboro, North Carolina, cooked up Chocolate Cat Pancakes with Raspberry Custard and "Chocolate Chippies," dedicated to the adorable animals she loves. Elise has been battling Jacobsen Syndrome her entire life. Due to the rare chromosome defect, eight-year-old Elise has been hospitalized numerous times and today, is still being treated for kidney disease and epilepsy. According to Elise's mom, "she has never met a stranger she doesn't like; she befriends everyone, and she demonstrates unusual empathy toward people who are sad or hurting." A bubbly child that brings joy to everyone she meets, Elise loves to sing and dance.
Starla Chapmanfrom Mobile, Alabamacombined two food favorites -- cookies and pancakes -- to come up with an Oatmeal Raisin Pancake as a tribute to the warm, delicious oatmeal cookies she used to bake with her grandmother. Starla has faced an uphill climb since birth, having been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia when she was 2-years-old and subsequently suffering cardiac arrest as a result of the chemotherapy. Today, thanks to the care at USA Children and Women's Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, Starla is thriving and loves to entertain on the YouTubechannel she shares with her younger brother.
Plano, Texas, Sim Scotthas had a miraculous journey with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Now 15, Sim underwent multiple surgeries, cancer treatments and physical setbacks after being diagnosed with a grade II/grade III astrocytoma brain tumor at age 6. Today, he's a smart, caring young man on a quest to help others. In addition to having a first degree black belt in Karate, Sim is currently studying to become a Doctor of Audiology at the Health Sciences Academy. His pancake creation, SIMCakes -- or "Super, Incredible, Mouthwatering Candy Cakes" – is Buttermilk pancakes with milk chocolate toffee chunks (Sim's favorite candy), topped with whipped cream, sweet caramel sauce, and more toffee.
"Kids and families are the heart and soul of IHOP, so expanding our culinary team to include three of our youngest fans seemed like the perfect way to celebrate IHOP National Pancake Day and kick off our 60th year as a brand," said
"I'm amazed by all the miracle kids who submitted their personal stories and pancake recipes to the very first IHOP Kid Culinary Team Pancake contest," said
The IHOP Kid Culinary Team announcement comes just days before the 13th annual IHOP National Pancake Day event on
In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation of any size in-restaurant or on-check, with all funds collected staying in the community where they were raised. IHOP National Pancake Day and all related activities throughout the 60 Days of Giving campaign – a nod to the brand's 60th anniversary -- directly benefit charities dedicated to finding cures and eradicating life-threatening diseases that affect children and families, including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, as well as
Contact email@example.com for a behind-the-scenes video of the IHOP Kid Culinary Team cooking in the brand's Test Kitchen and learn more about each finalist. Media members can also contact IHOP to arrange interviews, in-studio pancake demonstrations, coordinate a remote live-feed from an IHOP on
For more information on IHOP National Pancake Day, including restaurant hours and charity support by restaurant, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
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