Future chefs cook up competition at Springville-GI
All of the contestants offered healthier breakfast choices, including Sarah Guadagna’s carrot hot cakes, Josh Zolinski’s poached eggs and whole wheat pancakes, Jake Smith’s egg, cheese and sausage dish, Daniel Shepard’s strawberry smoothie, Benn Smith’s “Smitty’s Sensational Breakfast Sandwich” and Ryan Ganschow’s breakfast burritos served with frozen orange juice and mint.
The judges included Susan Reinhardt, home and careers teacher, Joseph DeMartino, assistant principal and Linda Danahy, public relations. The students all scored within a point.
Marissa was presented with an iPod® and an accompanying gift card for her first place win. The future chefs received medals from Pam Krotz, Sodexo general manager, and gift bags that included aprons, hats and T-shirts.
S-GI students attending BOCES culinary programs at the Ormsby Center and Ellicottville Center who assisted the students included Brehana Rasico, Brandi Taylor, Erica Skinner and Travis Weber. Sodexo cafeteria staff sharing expertise with the budding chefs included Josette Regnet, Jennie Denaro, Brenda Folts and Jane Becker.
Future Chefs is an annual contest sponsored by Sodexo in conjunction with first lady Michele Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity. There were 93 schools involved in the healthy breakfast challenge.
“The students created some excellent breakfasts that were healthy, easy to make and that looked good on the plate. They learned a lot about the culinary process, including timing and presentation. They all did a great job,” said Krotz.