Sodexo and Helena Public Schools participated in an event called Future Chefs. Third-, fourth- and fifth-grade children from all over the district were encouraged to design their own healthy snack recipe and submit it to the Food Service Office this last January. Over 200 entries for just Helena were submitted and the top 20 were chosen for a cook-off here in Helena. All the contestants were brought together and were given the chance to work as part of a team and prepare their recipe. One grand prize winner would be sent off for regional competition.
The 20 finalists were all given embroidered chef jackets and hats to keep, as well as hundreds of dollars worth of prizes that were donated by various companies like Sodexo, Dinners Done Right, Charlie’s Produce, Costco, Pizza Hut, the entire Carroll College Saints football team and many more. This year’s winner in Helena was Dulcie Robertson, and her recipe was submitted to the regional competition. Regionals were judged by professional chefs from across the country, and Dulcie was chosen to be one the top five national finalists from over 2,600 original recipes!
Contestants can be viewed and voted on at www.youtube.com/user/SodexoFutureChefs. Everyone is only allowed one vote per e-mail address, because you need to register before you can vote. We only have two weeks before the judging is over, so we need to get the word out as much as we can. Judging will be over on March 28.
Robert Worthy, food service director
Helena Public Schools