Benihana’s “Children Helping Children” art contest winners

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Granada Hills resident Andres Perez

First place winner Andres Perez, of Granada Hills, with Aloha Mead, Encino Benihana manager and Teppan cook.

Granada Hills resident Andres Perez and Mariana Balyan, of Valley Village, were selected as the first and second place winners, respectively, in Benihana’s inaugural “Children Helping Children” art contest.

From hundreds of entries, their artwork was judged as the best by Benihana’s Encino restaurant staff.  As winners, their artwork will be on display in the Encino restaurant and each will receive complimentary dinner packages.

“Our shrimp-flipping, knife-wielding entertaining chefs aren’t the only ones with talent,” said Aloha Mead, Encino Benihana manager.  “Andres and Mariana perfectly crafted the theme of our ‘Children Helping Children’ art contest.”

Second place winner Mariana Balyan, of Valley Village, with Aloha Mead, Encino Benihana manager and Teppan cook.

Second place winner Mariana Balyan, of Valley Village, with Aloha Mead, Encino Benihana manager and Teppan cook.

The art contest is part of the teppanyaki restaurant company’s 2009 “Children Helping Children” program.  In addition, Benihana donated 100 percent of proceeds of all children’s meals served on Japanese Children’s Day, May 5, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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