Posted: March 29, 2017
- Avery Perry, Project-Based Learning Middle School Program sixth grader – Grand Prize and “Healthy Attributes Award,” for her Tropical Açai Bowls
- Joseph Jacobson, Project-Based Learning Middle School Program seventh grader – “Original yet Tasty Award,” for his Healthy Chicken & Waffle Bake
- Shelby Bohannon, Liberty Middle School sixth grader – “Kid Friendly, Ease of Preparation Award,” for her Pizza Tot Muffins
Perry, Jacobson, and Bohannon are three of more than 2,500 students in grades 5–8 representing 256 school districts and more than 1,000 Sodexo-served school sites in 29 states across the country.
Finalists prepared their recipes and presented them to a panel of judges, who assessed the culinary creations for originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness, and use of healthy ingredients.
According to the Sodexo website, while healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students students across the country are using their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in nutrition partner and Quality of Life Services provider Sodexo’s 2017 Future Chefs Challenge. The national initiative, now in its seventh year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen.
“It’s all about showcasing culinary skills and having fun while emphasizing healthy choices that will follow students for a lifetime,” said Nutrition Services Director Sharon Short.
School districts across the country are holding Future Chefs events through March 2017. The winning student from each participating district will then be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.