WILMINGTON — Healthy eating can sometimes be a challenge for both children and their parents. But Wilmington Elementary School students have joined 229 school districts across the nation using their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy breakfast recipes in their nutrition partner and Quality of Life Services provider Sodexo’s 2016 Future Chefs Challenge.
The national initiative, in its sixth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging students to be active and creative in the kitchen. Wilmington students are joining nearly 2,500 other students representing almost 1,300 Sodexo-served school sites in 28 states nationally in this fun and educational challenge.
Sixty-three students attending Denver Place, East End, and Holmes Elementary schools submitted their best healthy breakfast recipes for consideration. Of those recipes submitted, nine students were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event.
Wilmington Schools will host its final competition Tuesday, March 15 from 5-7 p.m. in the Wilmington Middle School Cafeteria at 275 Thorne Ave. The event is free of charge and is open to the public.
Students from Denver Place Elementary cooking up healthy breakfasts include fourth-graders Izabella Myburgh with “Pineapple, Ham and Cheese Muffins”; Addison (Addi) Beckett with “Oh No! Dad Over Slept!”; Oliver McDermott with “Breakfast Scramble with Fruit”; Zoey Zurface, with “Peanut Butter and Fruit Tortilla”; and William Wheeling with “Stuffed French Toast.”
Students from East End Elementary include third-grader Sydney Bennett with “Breakfast Casserole Muffins”; and fifth-graders Diamond Carpenter with “Sunrise Bagel Bites”; and Tori Piatt with “Baked Strawberry and Pineapple Oatmeal Bars.”
Representing Holmes Elementary is third-grader Elisabeth Gordley, who will be serving “Bagel Gone Bananas.”
Finalists will prepare and present their creations before judges who will assess the originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients for each recipe.
School districts across the country are hosting Future Chefs events throughout February and March. The winning student chef from each participating district will then 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.
“According to the American Heart Association, one in every three American kids and teens is overweight or obese,” said Stephen Dunmore, CEO North America, Schools, Sodexo. “This staggering statistic demonstrates why it is more important than ever to engage youth to become advocates for their own health.”
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.