Elementary and secondary students in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) “chopped” their way to culinary glory on Tuesday, April 25th, where they competed in a head to head culinary competition, Chartwells Chopped.
DCPS Food Services and Chartwells K12 hosted the second annual healthy food cooking challenge at Publix Aprons Cooking School in Jacksonville. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their creative talents, and to grow their culinary and presentation skills. It also encourages them to make smart food choices and create lifelong healthy eating habits,” says Chef Will Ratley, Director of Culinary Operations with Chartwells K12 in Duval.
Chartwells Chopped comprised of two different competitions based on grade level. Elementary school students competed as teams in the morning, preparing recipes they created for the competition, while secondary grade level teams faced-off in the afternoon with their specially created recipes. The student meals were judged on nutrition, taste, presentation and originality, with judges including community partners and experienced regional chefs. Many DCPS schools were represented from across the district, with teams from Venetia Elementary, Jacksonville Beach Elementary, Beauclerc Elementary, Lake Lucina Elementary, Biltmore Elementary, Mandarin High School and Frank H. Peterson Academies.
The winning dishes were as follows:
Elementary: Candace Buckley, Taylor Collins, & Emma Grace Moles of Venetia Elementary with their
Bountiful Burrito Bowl, Sunshine State Fruit Salad, & Cheesy Broccoli
Secondary: Jacen Kimbrough and Reginald Toliver of Frank H. Peterson Academies with their Grilled Chicken
Spring Rolls, Kale Chips, & Mini Fruit Pies
These first place teams received brand-new cookware sets for each student, cooking aprons, and a trophy for display in their schools. At the secondary level, the winning team of students each also received a new culinary knife set and a $500 scholarship to a secondary institution of their choice, courtesty of Chartwells K12. In addition, versions of these winning meals will be served in DCPS Cafes during the 2017-2018 school year.
About Chartwells K12
Charwells K12 provides meal programs for 156 schools across Duval County Public Schools, and 600 districts nationwide. Chartwells K12 is a culinary-focused organization with a mission to extend its passion, dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm into serving each student delicious and nutritious meals. The company is built on decades of food and education experience and driven by top culinary, nutrition, wellness and sustainability talent. Chartwells K12 is part of Compass Group, an international leader in foodservice management and support services. For more information, visit http://www.ChartwellsK12.com/
About Duval County Public Schools
Duval County Public Schools is the 20th largest school district in the nation, educating more than 128,000 students in over 190 schools. Its mission is to provide educational excellence for every school, in every classroom, for every student, every day. Visit www.duvalschools.org to learn more.