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    March 08, 2018
    Seven Peoria Public School fifth-grade students will prepare their original
    healthy Asian-fusion recipes at Lincoln K-8, 700 Mary St., Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m. – noon,
    for the Sodexo Annual Future Chef competition.

    While nearly all cuisines can be considered a fusion of cultures, such as Tex-Mex, Asianfusion
    draws on ingredients and techniques of a nearly a half-dozen countries including
    Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, The Phillipines, Korea and both Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine
    of China.

    The PPS students and their featured recipes competing on Saturday will be:
     Elizabeth Bartholomew, Trewyn School, My Spicy Noodles
     Lillian Carmack, Washington Gifted Middle School, Chicken Fried Rice
     Julie Djamadoua, Lindbergh Middle School, Teriyaki Chicken Vegetable Shrimp Soup
     Lydia Lynn, Calvin Coolidge Middle School, Won-Guac
     Ariyah Hightower, Harrison Community Learning Center, Asian Chilli
     Noelle Sarraf, Mark Bills Middle School, Asian Fusion Guacamole
     Jaret Seigel, Rolling Acres Middle School, Speedy Chicken Stir-Fry

    To prepare their recipe, each fifth-grade chef will be paired with a high school mentor from
    Woodruff Career and Technical Center (WCTC) Culinary Arts program. The finished recipes
    will be judged by a panel including Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat; Board of
    Education members; PPS administrators and renowned local chef Mark Shoopman. Recipes
    are judged on originality, presentation, ease of preparation, kid-friendliness and healthiness.

    Future Chef contestants will check in from 8:30 to 9 a.m and begin the day in Culinary Boot
    Camp, covering kitchen and food safety and hygiene. After ingredient distribution, each chef
    will prepare their recipe and clean their work station from 9:20 to 10:45 a.m. Show plates and
    samples will be placed on judging tables between 10:45 and 11 a.m. Judges will test each
    recipe and interview contestants from 11 to 11:30 a.m. After scores are tabulated, the
    awards ceremony begins at 11:45 a.m.

    Each contestant receives a gift basket and certificate. Two runner-ups will receive silver and
    bronze medals. The top winner receives a gold medal and will continue on to the next level of
    the Future Chef competition.

    The Sodexo Future Chefs program, now in its eighth year as a national event, is designed to
    create positive behavioral changes in students by enabling them to become actively involved
    in good nutrition. PPS students are among over 2,600 students representing more than
    1,300 Sodexo-served school sites in 256 school districts in 30 states. The winner from each
    district will be considered for a regional finalist award. Between one and five national finalists
    compete for the public’s vote.

    Sodexo district general manager Mark Streamer and district executive chef Douglas
    Simmonds coordinate the PPS Future Chef contest.