MaryJane Ware, an 8-year-old student formerly of Troy School District, will be recognized as the national champion of Sodexo Future Chefs: Healthy Sandwich Challenge during a special presentation at Wattles Elementary School at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 23. Ware won the challenge when the video for her cucumber sandwich recipe received the most online votes during a week-long public voting period.
In winning, Ware beat out more than 2,000 elementary school students, representing approximately 1,000 Sodexo-served schools in 30 states, including the other four students selected for the national finals.The Sodexo Future Chefs program, which is in its fourth year as a national event, creates positive behavioral changes in students by enabling them to get actively involved in good nutrition. The five national finalists were selected based on the originality, presentation, ease of preparation, kid-friendliness, and healthiness of their recipes. You can view MaryJane’s video, along with those of the other four national finalists, at the Sodexo Future Chefs YouTube Channel .
Sodexo representatives including Remmi Smith, a 14-year-old chef from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who is Sodexo’s Student Ambassador to Health and Nutrition, will be on hand to recognize MaryJane’s tremendous accomplishment and to present her with prizes. Additionally, Chef Remmi and Sodexo team members will help MaryJane make her award-winning cucumber sandwich recipe for Wattles Elementary School students to sample following the presentation.
Sodexo, a partner in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity, is committed to taking measurable sustainable actions that ensure a brighter future in the areas of health and wellness, environmental stewardship and community development. The Future Chefs program is one of the many ways Sodexo shares its health and well-being expertise with the clients, customers and communities it serves.
—Source: Information provided by Troy School District