South Umpqua School District students to compete in future chefs challenge

South Umpqua School District (File/SBG photo)

TRI-CITY, Ore. -- South Umpqua School District elementary students will join a national initiative to promote healthy food choices when they go head to head in Thursday’s Future Chefs Challenge.

Six students will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy Asian-inspired recipes in this year’s event put on by Sodexo, the district’s food service provider. The national initiative, now in its eigth year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active and creative in the kitchen.

South Umpqua joins 256 other school districts across the country 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.

Ten South Umpqua elementary school students submitted recipes, and the six best were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event Thursday. Finalists will prepare and present their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at South Umpqua High School, 501 NW Chadwick Lane, Myrtle Creek.

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