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And the winning Future Chef is....
first place winner

ASHEBORO - Asheboro City Schools elementary students recently demonstrated their culinary skills in Sodexo’s 2022 Future Chef Culinary Competition. The event is an exciting and engaging way to encourage students to learn more about healthy food choices by participating in a recipe contest and is sponsored by Sodexo, provider for ACS School Nutrition services. 

School districts across the country are holding Future Chef events this spring. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards.  The selected regional finalists will have a chance to become national finalists, competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.

The Asheboro City Schools Future Chef Culinary competition was held at Balfour Elementary School, and the culinary theme this year was “A Healthy Recipe From Your Favorite Book or Movie.”  Recipes were evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid appeal, plate presentation, use of featured ingredients, and last but not least, taste!  The panel of judges included: Angie Allen, School Nutrition Supervisor; Carla Freemyer, Executive Director of Human Resources; and Terry Otto, School Nurse. The following ACS district finalists prepared their outstanding recipes:

1st Place – Evelyn Lopez Cuevas, Charles W. McCrary Elementary School 

Tied for second place were Carolina Bunting of Lindley Park Elementary School and Scottlyn Rush of Guy B. Teachey Elementary School. 

3rd Place – Madison Redding, Donna Lee Loflin Elementary School 

4th Place – Jazmin Meza Villalva, Balfour Elementary School 

“I am always amazed by the recipes that our ‘Future Chefs’ create for this competition,” said Asheboro City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Aaron Woody. “I enjoyed watching each student prepare their dish and was very beyond proud of their poise in their presentations.  I congratulate them all, and hope they continue developing their culinary talents! Many thanks to our Sodexo team, especially Mrs. Sabrena Jones for providing this opportunity for our students.”