White Marsh Elementary 5th Grader Wins Sodexo Future Chef Culinary Competition


TCPS elementary students demonstrated their culinary skills in Sodexo’s 2019 Future Chef Culinary Competition. The event is an exciting and engaging way to encourage students to learn more about healthy food choices by participating in a recipe contest, and is sponsored by Sodexo, provider of TCPS food services.

School districts across the country held Future Chef events this Spring. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become a national finalist, competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel.

The TCPS Future Chef Culinary competition was held at Easton High School, and the culinary theme this year was “Fiesta Fit”.  Recipes were evaluated based on the following criteria: originality, healthy attributes, ease of preparation, kid appeal, plate presentation, use of featured ingredients, and last but not least, taste!  The panel of judges included Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools; Michael Garman, Board of Education President;Susan Delean-Botkin and Juanita Hopkins Board Members;and Charles Connolly, TCPS Finance Director. The following TCPS elementary students were finalists with their outstanding recipes:

1st Place – Daniel Schwaninger- 5th Grade, White Marsh Elementary – Fresh Chicken Taco Bowls (photo above)

2nd Place – Brody McDaniel – 5th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary – Brody’s Brilliant Chicken Stuffed Peppers

3rd Place – Elliott Van Skiver- 4th Grade, Tilghman Elementary – Black Bean & Corn Quesadilla

4th Place – TIE

Malaki Moore – 3rd Grade, Chapel District Elementary – Fiesta Cupcakes

Aleah George –4th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary School – Chilaquiles

Daniel Schwaninger was the overall winner with his recipe for Fresh Chicken Taco Bowls.  “The recipes were all amazing,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent.  “I am so impressed with the culinary skills our elementary students demonstrate in in this competition!”

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