Shaw wins Sodexo Future Chef contest

posted Apr 13, 2017, 7:59 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 13, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

Kasen Shaw, a fourth grader from Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Bartlesville, is being entered into the National Future Chef contest as the 2017 Bartlesville Public Schools Future Chef Champion. Shaw was one of six students from the school district chosen to participate in the annual competition sponsored by Sodexo, the district’s food service provider.

The program encourages students to get involved with healthy cooking, in a fun and exciting atmosphere. In February, elementary students submitted their recipes to the district’s Child Nutrition department. From there the finalists were selected to participate in a live cooking competition.

During the live competition, the students were paired with a Child Nutrition employees to assist them. The students had one hour to complete a dish and then present it to a panel of judges. The judges scored the dishes on originality, healthy attributes, easy preparation, kid friendliness, plate presentation, and taste.

"It was a pleasure to watch the students as they put together their recipes.  All are winners in my eyes as every recipe was presented beautifully and tasted delicious.  I was so proud of each of our Future Chef Contestants," said Valerie Bishop, Foodservice & Office Manager.

This year the focus for the submitted recipes was Healthy Comfort Food. Shaw’s winning recipe, a grilled chicken burrito, featured grilled chicken, avocado, cheese, and cilantro wrapped in a tortilla.

School districts across the country held 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 a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.

Kasen Shaw
Kasen Shaw, a fourth grader at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, is the Bartlesville Public School District's 2017 Future Chef Champion