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(Last Updated On: November 29, 2013)

Houston eight year old named finalist in McDonald’s Happy Meal Chef’s Contest

A local  elementary school  student didn’t know that his family’s love of cooking and preparing healthy foods would earn him a trip to London for the 2012 Olympics.

Devlyn Davis of Houston was recently selected as a finalist in the McDonald’s Happy Meal Chef’s Contest.

He will participate in McDonald’s Global Champions of Play program in London where he will join kids from around the world to celebrate balanced eating and fun play.  He and other winners will have the exclusive privilege to meet and play with Olympic athletes at Olympic venues, and attend various Olympic sporting events.

The contest sought inspiring stories from families who enjoy cooking with wholesome ingredients at family mealtime.

I am excited about going to a different country and meeting kids all over the world.  My friends are excited and say I am lucky,” says Devlyn.

A natural entertainer, with a passion for writing, singing and cooking, Devlyn and his mother prepared and uploaded his online video entry on the final day of contest.

“We have friends who know that Devlyn likes to cook and they sent us this email and we barely got it in there,” says mother, Triana Davis.

The contest welcomed entries from parents and guardians with kids ages eight to 11.

In the Davis’ home preparing healthy, nutritious meals is a major production.

Once a month, the family researches and prepares the food of a particular city, state or culture and then selects the ingredients and chooses costumes and music from that region.

But Davis, who is overweight, admits that healthy eating hasn’t always been a part of her lifestyle.

“In Mississippi, my family eats soul food, and all of that, but when I had Devlyn I decided I didn’t want him to be overweight. Because I want him to eat healthy foods,  it is forcing me to change the way I eat,” says Davis.

The Happy Meal Chefs Contest was launched as a part of McDonald’s new Happy Meal Campaign which aims to help make nutrition fun for kids.

“Devyln, with his active lifestyle and concentration on nutrition and making healthy choices, is definitely a model Happy Meal Chef,” says Marina Coryat, public relations supervisor for Moroch.

The eight year old was invited to attend a Ronald McDonald program at a McDonald’s restaurant, owned and operated by John Tillman Jr. where he learned about his selection.  During the program, he  was picked from the crowd to help Ronald McDonald read a book entitled, Chef Dan’s Plan, created by Sue and David Hinkin.

The book shared the story of a kid helping McDonald’s Chef create a special recipe.  The end of the book included the announcement that he had won a trip for he and his mom to the 2012 Summer Olympics.

“We are thrilled that one of Houston’s own was chosen as a finalist in the Happy Meal Chef’s contest. We look forward to following Devlyn’s journey at the London 2012 Olympic Games,” says Tillman.

Contest entries were judged by a panel of experts specializing in food, nutrition and physical activity, including five-time U.S. Olympic swimmer and Global Champions of Play Ambassador, Dara Torres.

The Happy Meal Chefs Contest was launched as a part of McDonald’s new Happy Meal Campaign which aims to help make nutrition fun for kids.

“After reading Devlyn’s contest entry, I was very impressed by his happiness and how he mad nutrition fun,” said Torres.

McDonald’s new Happy Meal is just one part of McDonald’s commitment to offer improved nutrition choices.

Happy Meals now include apple slices, 1 percent low fat white milk or new fat-free chocolate milk and the option of  smaller portioned fries or a double portion of apple slices to replace the fries.

For more information about the Happy Meal Chefs contest, visit