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Tulsa Public Schools students compete in Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge

Published 3/7/2017




Tulsa Public Schools


Emma Garrett Nelson


Ten elementary school students from Tulsa Public Schools will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 "Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge" on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The challenge will take place in the cafeteria and kitchen at Memorial Junior High School (7502 E. 57th St. in Tulsa).

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 ten students competing on March 8 were selected out of a group of 126 elementary students who submitted healthy comfort food recipes.

The ten finalists will prepare and present their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid-friendliness, and the use of healthy ingredients. The panel of judges includes 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 schedule for the Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge is as follows:

  • 2:15 p.m.: kitchen preparation begins
  • 3:30 p.m.: students show plates
  • 3:45 p.m.: judging of student plates
  • 4:15 p.m.: awards ceremony

Tulsa Public Schools joins 256 other school districts across the country holding Future Chefs events throughout February and March. The winning student from each participating district will 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





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