Nine District 47 fourth and fifth graders will compete in the third annual Future Chefs competition on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The competition, hosted by food service provider Sodexo, will take place from 1pm to 3pm at Hannah Beardsley Middle School, located at 515 E. Crystal Lake Avenue in Crystal Lake.
This year’s culinary theme is healthy Asian food. To be eligible to compete, students submitted recipes to their teacher and school cafeteria worker for consideration. One finalist from each D47 elementary school will be selected to participate in the cook-off event on March 24th, where students will prepare their recipes for a panel of judges. Students’ culinary creations will be evaluated based on originality, ease of preparation (recipes must be able to be made in 30 minutes or less), presentation, kid-friendly appeal, and healthfulness.
“Too often we hear about obesity in kids and kids not making healthy choices,” said Kathy Wicinski, Sodexo general manager. “The whole basis for this competition is to help educate kids about healthy eating habits and inspire them to play an active role in meal preparation.”
Competition participants will be awarded a framed plaque, medal, chef’s coat and apron as well as a backpack with cooking utensils. The lucky winner will receive a grand prize, which includes a basket of cooking supplies and a Fitbit, as well as an opportunity to advance to the regional culinary competition.
Students, parents and the general public are invited to attend. The program, now in its eighth year as a national event, exemplifies Sodexo’s commitment to health, well-being and support for the school districts and communities it serves.
Saturday, March 24 from 1 pm to 3 pm
Hannah Beardsley Middle School, East Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL, United States