The White House champion of healthy eating is treating more than 50 kid chefs to a "state dinner."

The children earned a seat at the table by whipping up mouth-watering yet healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments. Some of the winning recipes will be served at the dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.

The 8- to 12-year-olds come from all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Some of the winning recipes will be served. A performance from Disney's "The Lion King" musical, which is playing at the Kennedy Center, is also scheduled.