Students Whip Up Kitchen Fun and Healthy Food with Sodexo's Future Chefs: Healthy Snack Challenge
March 14, 2011
Five Finalists from More than 2600 Entries Across the Country Vie for National Championship on YouTube
GAITHERSBURG, Md., March 14, 2011 – Sodexo invites all people committed to ending childhood obesity in this generation to vote today for one of the five finalists from 342 schools across the country who participated in its first national Future Chefs: Healthy Snack Challenge competition. Vote today at www.youtube.com/user/SodexoFutureChefs. The competition encourages students to learn about good nutrition by creating healthy snacks.
Students from 36 school districts entered more than 2600 healthy snack recipes and 535 students were selected to put their culinary skills to the test. They prepared and presented their recipes before a panel of judges at local district-wide events. Five students were selected as national finalists.
Learn about these amazing students and their fun recipes, then select the "Like" button under the video they like the best. Vote March 14 to 28. The student with the most "Like" votes will earn the national champion title.
The five students selected for the Future Chefs: Healthy Snack Challenge national finals are:
- Safiya Armstrong, 9 - Putnam City School District in Oklahoma City, Okla.
- Sam Chamberlain, 11 - San Jose Unified School District in San Jose, Calif.
- Dulcie Robertson, 9 - Helena School District in Helena, Mont.
- Jillian Shurtleff, 9 - West Warwick Public School District in West Warwick, R.I.
Katelyn Silverthorn, 9 - Dearborn Heights School District No. 7 in Dearborn Heights, Mich.
"One of the ways Sodexo enhances student well-being is to teach students about making healthy and nutritional choices," said Steve Dunmore, president of Sodexo Education-Schools. "The Future Chefs: Healthy Snack Challenge is the kind of program that educators and student nutrition providers need to embrace because it makes nutrition education fun and exciting for students, allowing those important life lessons to really stick."
Sodexo, a partner in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative, has been hosting similar student culinary competitions in districts for years and the Future Chefs: Healthy Snack Challenge marks the first time the company made it a national event. The company is committed to take measurable sustainable actions that ensure a brighter future in the areas of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community development. Sodexo focuses on nutrition, achievement, environment, community and activity to promote student well-being.
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