Local Elementary Students Participate in Future Chefs Culinary Challenge

Eight local elementary students from all over the school district participated in Sodexo’s Future Chef Competition on Thursday, March 5th at Ruckel Middle School.  Students were asked to prepare a healthy recipe to be judged by a distinguished panel of judges.

Lillian Miller, a 3rd grade student at Riverside Elementary School won first place last week with her “Yummy in my Tummy Parfait” at the Future Chefs Culinary Challenge held at Ruckel Middle School.  Adria Womack, Elliot Point Elementary School, placed second with her Strawberry Cheese Cake Sandwiches, and Amanda Montague, a 4th grade student at Lewis School, placed third with her Grilled Apple Cheese.

According to Sodexo, the national program is part of their commitment to bolstering local communities by promoting well-being in support of achievement. The Future Chefs competition was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices in life while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen.

Students worked with district Sodexo staff to prepare their own recipes which were then judged on originality, ease of preparation, taste, presentation, kid friendliness, and use of healthy ingredients.

“We were blessed to have eight contestants that had a super fun time cooking their favorite ‘Healthy Snack,’ said Betty Jo Marcotte, Sodexo Field Supervisor.  “Family, friends, principals and everyone had a great time.”

Congratulations to all of the participants:

Kristen Adams – Plew ES
Alora Arnold – Edwins ES
Austin Anderson – Florosa ES
Makenzie Lucari – Walker ES
Lillian Miller – Riverside ES
Amanda Montague – Lewis School
Skylar Shelton – Mary Esther ES
Jennifer Warren – Antioch ES
Adria Womack – Elliott Point ES

The Future Chefs Culinary Competition is designed to help educate students about healthy eating habits. Therefore, special thanks were given to the judges for their support as our guest judge.  Judges included: Paul Whiddon, Principal, Ruckel MS; Dewey Destin, Okaloosa County School Board Member; Cathy Thigpen, Okaloosa County School Board Member; Chef Dominic Pannelli, CHOICE HS and Technical Center; and Maddie Hinze, 2014 Future Chef Winner.


Lillian Miller, Riverside Elementary School - First Place

Adria Womack, Elliot Point Elementary School - Second Place

Amanda Montague, Lewis School - Third Place

Top Three Winners