Sodexo Contest Winners Announced Today

Sodexo Contest Winners Announced Today
Posted on 03/10/2017
Sodexo Contest Table Winner

Port Angeles, Wash. - While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Port Angeles used their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge”  held today - Friday, March 10 - in the Port Angeles High School cafeteria.

Sixteen finalists, selected district-wide, prepared and presented their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, presentation ease, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients.

Winners, selected by a panel of judges, are:

Raeah Kibe, Jefferson, 4th grade – Grand Event Champion, Port Angeles School District –  Stuffed Bell Peppers

Leilani Thomason, Jefferson, 4th grade – Most Kid Friendly Entrée, Turkey Taco Sliders

Zoe Leffers, Hamilton, 4th grade – Healthiest Attribute, Summer Lovin’ Salad

Faith Carr, Hamilton, 4th grade – Best Tasting, Mini Shepherd’s Pot Pies

The Best Table Decorating Award was awarded to Roosevelt Elementary students:  Deia Evert, Jeffrey Loushin and Tony McMahan.

Finalists, listed by school, are:

Dry Creek Elementary
Dawson Latimer
Isabella Temres

Franklin Elementary
Holly K Tietjen
Rylee Carr

Hamilton Elementary
Faith Carr
Olivia Maeder
Zoe Leffers
Damun Seera

Jefferson Elementary
Percephone Reade
Raeah Kibe
Leilani Thomason
Madisyn Heistand
Daniel Martinez Jr.

Roosevelt Elementary
Deia Evert
Jeffrey Loushin
Tony McMahan

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. Port Angeles students are joining over 2,600 other students representing more than 1,300 Sodexo-served school sites in 30 states nationally.

Two hundred fifty-seven (257) school districts across the country are 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.

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.

Accompanying photo shows, left to right, Roosevelt Elementary participants who won the Best Table Decorating Award, Deia Evert, Jeffrey Loushin and Tony McMahan. They are all fifth graders.

Photo Credit:  Port Angeles School District

For more information, contact:

Kathy Crowley
Sodexo Food Services Director
Port Angeles School District

Tina Smith-O’Hara
Communications and Community Relations Coordinator
Port Angeles School District