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SCV Healthy Recipe Challenge


The Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club is excited to organize the first SCV Healthy Recipe Challenge in conjunction with Circle of Hope’s 8th Annual Walking for Hope 5K which will be held on April 21, 2012 at Castaic Lake. 

Contestants of all ages will be submitting their potential winning recipes in the main dish, side dish, or dessert categories where winners will be selected in the Adult and Youth Divisions.  To submit your winning entry, please visit for all the details.
The Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club has enlisted the help of a winning recipe chef, Merry Graham who will be our head judge.  In addition, we will have a special guest appearance from Tiffany Michelle, who is a contestant on the popular show “Worst Cooks in America”, which is currently airing on the Food Network.  

The Circle of Hope’s 8th Annual Walking for Hope 5K held at Castaic Lake has been the perfect place to encourage cancer patients and supporters of Circle of Hope to walk for the cause.  With the addition of the first SCV Healthy Recipe Challenge, it will bring better awareness and important revenue to this valuable non-profit organization whose mission is to provide emotional and financial assistance for uninsured & underinsured individuals undergoing breast cancer treatment that live, work and/or receive treatment in Santa Clarita, CA.


Merry Graham can commonly be found whipping up some new concoction in her Santa Clarita, California kitchen. Her passion for creating tasty dishes for recipe contests has rewarded her!  In 2010, she won the Oxnard Strawberry Festival cook-off and Ocean Spray’s Ultimate Cranberry Contest, to name a few. 

In 2011, Merry was crowned the Healthiest Chef in America from Aetna’s Healthy Food Fight where she was able to meet one of the judges, Bobby Flay.

This past year she also headed to Scotland after winning first place in Bob’s Red Mill “Spar for the Spurtle” recipe contest. When Merry is not busy cooking, she writes a monthly food column for The Signal newspaper and also a food blog called “My Merry Cooking”.  Her desire to see other home cooks enter recipe contests is evident through her encouraging Facebook page “Merry Cooking Contests” where she promotes the voting for many local residents as they compete in national recipe competitions.   Merry is married to her husband Rick, and is the mother of four children and one grandchild.  The Graham family loves to get involved in sampling Merry’s award winning recipes.



Tiffany Michelle will be appearing as a contestant on the hit show, “Worst Cooks In America”,  which began airing  February 12th on Food Network.  Whether acting, singing, songwriting, or cooking with Bobby Flay, Tiffany Michelle is a multi-talented performer and fearless competitor.  Her credits include 2009’s Amazing Race, Last Woman Standing, World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, PokerNews, ER, Gilmore Girls, and American Dreams.  Born and raised in Santa Clarita, she has won the titles of Miss Teen Newhall, Miss Teen Santa Clarita Valley, as well as becoming a finalist in the Miss Teenage California pageant.

You can follow Tiffany’s progress on the Food Network’s Season 3 Premiere of “Worst Cooks in America” airing Sunday, February 12 at 9pm/8c.