Five Elementary School Finalists Showcase Sodexo Commitment to Student Engagement and Achievement in Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge

Finalists selected from more than 5,000 entries nationwide create videos of their award-winning healthy recipes
Apr 23, 2013 3:40 PM ET
Press Release

Gaithersburg, Md., April 23, 2013 /3BL Media/ — Sodexo announced today the five finalists for its Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge program. The finalists are all elementary school students from Sodexo-served school districts across the country, and each created videos of their own healthy salad creations which can be seen on a special YouTube channel. View the finalist videos and vote for your favorite today at Public vote will determine the 2013 national winner. Voting is open for one week from Tuesday, April 23 through Tuesday, April 30.

The program, which is in its third year as a national event, attempts to create positive behavioral changes in students by enabling them to get actively involved in good nutrition. More than 1,750 students, representing 940 Sodexo-served schools around the country, were selected from over 5,000 healthy salad recipes submitted to participate in 110 local events.

Winning recipes from local events were considered by a panel of Sodexo K-12 chefs to narrow the field to 27 regional winners, who were further evaluated by a panel of judges to select  five national finalists. The finalists were selected based on the originality, presentation, ease of preparation, kid-friendliness, and healthiness of their recipes.

The five Sodexo Future Chefs: Healthy Salad Challenge national finalists are:

·         Shayla Harrison – Providence Public School District in Providence, R.I.

·         Addison Jones – Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

·         Eli Lizzadro – Naperville Community Unit School District 203 in Naperville, Ill.

·         Imran Mihas – Grosse Pointe Public School System in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

·         Reed Syler – Camas School District in Camas, Wash.

“Children’s health and wellness is a concern for every parent and all school leaders across the country,” said George Chavel, president and CEO, Sodexo North America. “At Sodexo, we understand that students need to be engaged in order to achieve, and we’ve created programs like Future Chefs to do just that - engage kids and get them involved in hands-on learning activities that can lead to changing their behavior and helping them live healthier lives.”

Sodexo supports student engagement and achievement by providing expert solutions that improve the quality of life for the students, staff and communities we serve. We do this by designing, managing and delivering programs and services that keep people healthy, safe and productive while also enriching the learning environment. Sodexo helps the nation’s schools be vibrant contributors to the success of their communities.

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