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WAUKEE, Iowa — A local chef is a finalist for a national cooking competition, but he’s not exactly who you’d expect. He’s a second grader from Waukee named Teddy Craig.

With the help of his dad, he came up with a recipe for the contest that wowed the judges of Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest.

Teddy said he loves food and especially loves cooking with his dad, Jason Craig.

“Because you get to eat it and you get happy if it’s good,” Teddy said. “All that work comes to something.”

Teddy said they love to cook pizza, pasta and soup together.

“It’s great that he loves food and also loves to get involved with the cooking. And it’s just a good way for us to spend time together and it’s a special bond that we have,” Jason Craig said.

Teddy and Jason made it into the top 25 finalists with their Chicken and Fennel Rice Casserole.

If they make it to the top five, Teddy will win $15,000 for himself and $30,000 for his school, Waukee Elementary, for a cafeteria makeover.

“Well for the money I would give it to the Animal Rescue League, and then also redecorate my room and for the rest, my college savings,” Teddy said.

The Craig family are no strangers to giving back, each dish made in their kitchen is made with love.

“Around Christmas time, as a family, we always come up with a recipe to make a big meal for the local homeless shelter. And that’s a fun way for them to get involved and know that they are helping others,” Teddy’s mom Elly Craig said.

You can help them make it to the final five with a vote here. Voting is open until Nov. 11 and results will be announced Dec. 14.

DES MOINES, Iowa — The local Jewish community is mourning after Saturday morning’s attack that is believed to be the deadliest on the Jewish Community in United States history.

Mark Finkelstein, the Community Relation Director for the Jewish Federation in Des Moines, says the killings in Pittsburgh reflect a rise in antisemitism.

“There has been a rise in antisemitism over the last number of years, but especially between 2017 and this year. There has been a significant increase and part of that increase is created by white nationalist who are anti semitic,” Finkelstein said.

Authorities have released the names of the eleven people killed after a suspected anti-semite opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Saturday. The dead includes two brothers, and a husband and wife.

Federal prosecutors have filed a host of hate crime charges against 46 year-old Robert Bowers in connection with the shootings. They say he had posted numerous anti semitic comments on social media.

In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds ordered the flags to fly at half staff in the wake of the tragedy.

Finkelstein says the key to fighting intolerance is simply to listen to others.

“The best remedy for intolerance is to get to know your neighbor. Once you do, you find they are not so different than oneself,” Finkelstein said. “We hope that everybody pulls together as a community against all forms of bigotry.”

Faith leaders and community members will gather for a vigil for the Tree of Life Synagogue on Monday night from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 924 Polk Blvd, Des Moines, IA. The goal of the vigil is to bring a message of hope and healing. The Jewish community and the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa invites Des Moines to stand together in support of the Jewish community and all others who experience hate.

“The times we live in are violent times, they are intolerant times. We cannot as a country live without respecting each other,” Finkelstein said.