Six Bethlehem Area School District Elementary Students Compete in Sodexo’s Future Chef’s Culinary Competition
Bethlehem, Pa. — April 13, 2018 — On Monday, April 16, 2018 at 6:00pm PBS39 will premiere a brand new local program called “Making of a Young Chef” in partnership with Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) and Sodexo. The 30 minute show follows six BASD elementary students as they compete in Sodexo’s annual Future Chef’s Culinary Competition. The six finalist were chosen out of over 400 recipes submitted this year.
Earlier this month the six students met at Northeast Middle School in a head-to-head, competitive cook-off. The theme for this year’s competition was Asian-fusion foods. The students were paired with their very own sous chef to help assist them in the kitchen, and each aspiring young chef received a personalized chef coat, hat, and apron.
This national program was created to get students thinking about making healthy choices while also encouraging them to get active and creative in the kitchen. These BASD students join nearly 2,000 other students across 30 states nationally in this fun and educational cooking challenge.
Judges awarded points to the students for best presentation, heath-conscious foods, kid-friendly preparation, fun foods, and judge’s choice. The judges for this year’s competition included Ed Kenna, Food Services Director for Bethlehem Area Schools; Joe Rahs, Principal of Northeast Middle School; Stacy Gober, Bethlehem Area School District Chief Financial Officer; Tim Fallon, CEO of PBS39; Symarah Drey, a former winner with her own YouTube channel; and Abby Thompson, last year’s winner.
All six finalists received prizes from Sodexo and PBS39. The grand prize winner, Chef Lylah Prestosh, a fourth grader from Hanover Elementary School, received a variety of cooking equipment and got her name on a traveling trophy, which will spend a year at her home school.
“PBS39 is thrilled to be a part of the ‘Future Chefs’ program this year,” said Tim Fallon, PBS39’s CEO and a 2018 ‘Future Chefs’ competition judge. “We are honored to have the opportunity to showcase these very talented aspiring chefs as well as highlight some of the great things that are happening in our local public schools.”
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