While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Asbury Park used their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 “Sodexo 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 be active and creative in the kitchen. Asbury Park students joined over 2,600 other students representing more than 1,300 Sodexo-served school sites in 30 states nationally.
Twenty-one elementary school students submitted healthy comfort food recipes and the 11 best were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event. Finalists prepared and presented their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients. Asbury Park joined 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 SodexoUSA.com. This year’s winner was 4th grader Kevin Caballero- Cruz from Bradley Elementary School.
The Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge is just one of the many ways that the company shares its health and well-being expertise with the clients, customers and the communities it serves.