While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Middletown City Schools will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy Asian-Inspired recipes in the 2018 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge.” 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. Middletown students are joining over 2,600 other students representing more than 1,300 Sodexo-served school sites in 30 states nationally.
Elementary students from seven schools submitted healthy Asian-Inspired recipes and the seven best were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event. Finalists will prepare and present their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients. Middletown City Schools 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.
“According to the American Heart Association, about 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.”
Sodexo, the school nutrition partner to nearly 500 school districts throughout the U.S., is renowned for its work advancing childhood nutrition, health and well-being. In November 2016, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) named Sodexo “Partner of the Year” based in part on early success on elements of its commitments for increasing healthier food options in the K-12 schools it serves; providing healthier meal options for children at zoo, museum and aquarium locations served by Sodexo; and for its commitment to serve 17 million additional free breakfasts to K-12 students by 2018. In addition, the award recognizes Sodexo’s efforts beyond its PHA commitment including how it has created a culture of health across its extensive network of clients, customers, vendors and employees.
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.
To join the Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge conversation on social media, use #SDXFutureChefs.
A "Top Chef" inspired challenge
Middletown High School
601 N. Breiel Blvd.
Middletown, OH 45042
Wed., March 21, 6:00 PM