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Students Compete for Title of “Ultimate School Lunch Chef”

January 23rd, 2014

Five Hillsborough County public school students will compete in the Student Nutrition Services third annual Cook It Up school lunch cook-off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre in Tampa.

Students will prepare their submitted recipe for a panel of five culinary experts.  Each student is assigned a sous-chef, who is a student nutrition manager from their school.  Publix Supermarkets, one of the event sponsors, is providing the ingredients and prizing.

Name School Grade Recipe
Deborah Goncalves Monroe MS 8 Sunshine Surprise
Elizabeth Bado Orange Grove MS 7 Healthy Southwest Chicken Bowl
Rachel Bednar Memorial MS 7 Lemon Pepper Parmesan Dressed Salad
Aniruddh Chandrasekhar Randall MS 7 Quinoa Stir-Fry Medley
Ayushi Mavuduru Turner ES 5 Shredded Turkey Wrap

The panel will score each student’s recipe based on taste, texture, creativity, and presentation.  One student will be selected as Cook It Up’s “Ultimate School Lunch Chef” and receive the following prizes:

-The ultimate bedroom makeover from IKEA

-Sony PlayStation 4 Gaming System

-42” flat screen TV

-Their recipe will be featured on the district-wide school lunch menu

-Appearance at Radio Disney’s studio on the “Kid’s Concern Show,” a feature on Radio Disney’s website, and their name will be announced on the radio

-A school lunch party hosted by Radio Disney

Participating judges include Mike Beadles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive chef; Isabel Laessig, founder of the Family Foodie blog; Paula Kendrick, Florida Department of Agriculture chef; Gary Wishnatzski, founder of Wish Farms; and Janet Keeler, Tampa Bay Times, food and travel editor.

Finalists were chosen based on the recipe creativity and originality, use of in-season produce items, ease of preparation in a school kitchen, and quality and content in the student’s written essay.  TPepin’s Hospitality Centre is located at 4121 N. 50th St., Tampa.

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