HEALTHY AND CREATIVE COOKING: McClure Elementary third grader Avery Cooley was one of 10 TPS elementary students to participate in the 2017 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge.” She is standing with Ruth Worrell from McClure Elementary Café. The students were selected from a group of 126 elementary students who submitted healthy comfort food recipes.
On March 8, 10 elementary school students from Tulsa Public Schools used their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge,” held at Memorial Junior High School, 7502 E. 57th St.
The Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge was created seven years ago to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active and creative in the kitchen. The 10 students who competed were selected out of a group of 126 elementary students who submitted healthy comfort food recipes.
The finalists were assessed on criteria including originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid-friendliness, and the use of healthy ingredients. The panel of judges included Tulsa City Councilor Anna America, Lucky’s Chef Michael Cook, Tulsa Public Schools Board Member Ruth Ann Fate, Tulsa Public Schools Chief of Information and Operations Blaine Young, and Hale High School culinary students Cierra Dennis and Kiara Madden.
The winning recipe was “Yummy Comfy Cakes,” created by Kamryn Jackson, a fifth-grade student from Lee Elementary. Jackson will go on to compete as a regional finalist. The selected regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on SodexoUSA.com.