Seven students in fourth and fifth grades got an opportunity to showcase their culinary skills in the first annual Centralia School District Future Chef competition. The event was hosted and presented by Sodexo, the district’s food service partner. Dishes prepared by the students ranged from an excellent chicken pot pie to desserts like black bean brownies and peanut butter cookies. Each student was responsible for planning and preparing their entry dish.
Food Services Director, Mike Young, organized the event. “This is a great opportunity for the kids to show their cooking talents,” Young said. “It’s important to us to get the kids involved in the kitchens and this gives them a chance to kind of work with the food service staff in ways they don’t normally get to during the school day.”
Danielle Vekich (Principal of Washington Elementary), Heidi Jenkins (Principal of Oakview Elementary), and Karen Curtis (Executive Director of Fiscal Services) served as judges for the cook off. Curtis was impressed by the experience “this is a good exposure for these kids to learn how to prepare food that is nutritious,” she said. “