WEST LONG BRANCH: Fourth grader Rebecca made a great "Skinny Broccoli and Macaroni Cheese" dish. "Luke's Best Brussel Sprouts" had mushrooms as well, a super combination. Victoria baked a wonderful "Zucchini Bread with Tomato Roast" -- yummy. The gorgeous and tasteful "Pineapple Soufflé" that Morgan prepared was both pleasing to the sight and to the tummy. Colin made an exciting and delicious "Company Casserole" that would make guests at his house happy to sample.
For all five, the first year of the Sodexo Future Chefs project was a big success. They each created their own idea for a meal, the design and plan to actually cook the treat, and the imagination to add a special artistic flair in appearance. In addition, their choice had to also meet the test of "Healthy"
All met the test. And more. They learned to exercise creativeness. They learned about helping others. They learned about taking the challenge and sticking to it in meeting their objectives. All good experience for later in their path ahead.
The project, already in the higher grades, was a first time event for third through fifth grades at Betty McElmon School. The idea was posed last season, and was planned for this school year. Sodexo's Chef and General Manager Mr. LaMar Braxton, plus volunteer cafeteria staff were on hand to guide the students as needed. It was clear that each were delighted to help the youngsters and smiles on their faces were most noticeable as the students took their meals to the judging tables.
The judges had a real challenge to determine who would go on to the next level at the regional contest. That leads into a nation contest of all the Sodexo served schools, and a nice award to the finalists.
For the BME event the winner was the Pineapple Soufflé, and the students cheered Morgan as much as did the staff and parents who visited the contest. One Mom was pleased with her child's "job well done' and looked forward to having a helper in her kitchen at home.