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Nine Tulsa Public Schools elementary students competed in Sodexo's Future Chefs Culinary Competition! 

Fifty students in 3rd through 5th grade submitted recipes in January. A panel of managers and dietitians on the child nutrition team selected the students that would compete in the district finals at Memorial High School. These nine students were selected based on the complexity, variety, creativity, and presentation of their recipe.

The nine finalists are:

Student School Grade Recipe
Marraie Asay Owen Elementary 5th Fudge Brownies
Lyllie Camp Marshall Elementary 3rd Lyllie's Baked Spaghetti
Dexter Duvall Eisenhower International 4th Kale Sausage Soup
Keydren Mingo McClure Elementary 4th Shrimp Alfredo with Chicken
Aaliyah Moore  Disney Elementary 5th The Most Amazing Delicious Poppers
Baylee Pruitt Clinton West Elementary 4th Banana Bread Muffin
Cree Richardson  Disney Elementary 5th Stovetop Famous Mac & Cheese
Braylynn Shafer Eliot Elementary 5th Burger Sliders and Candy Apple Salad
Olivia Shields Mayo Demonstration School 3rd Gooey Red Velvet Cookies

The finalists prepared their recipes at Memorial with assistance of a sous-chef from the child nutrition team.

Three judges, including Board of Education member Susan Lamkin, interviewed the student chefs and tasted their dishes before determining a winner. After scores were tallied, Tulsa Public Schools Executive Chef Ron Harrison announced the winner: Keydren Mingo with his delicious shrimp alfredo and chicken!

Keydren Mingo smiles for a photo with his award

Keydren will now move on to the regional competition against winners from other Sodexo schools in the area. Five regional winners will move on to a national competition in May.

Check out photos of the competition below!

Future Chefs Culinary Challenge - March 2024