Elementary students from across the Battle Ground school district participated in Sodexo's eleventh Future Chefs event on March 26 at Battle Ground High School. Third and fourth graders presented their culinary skills and creative cooking talent to judges from local restaurants, including Chef Jeff Norton from Northwood Public House and Chef Kevin Taylor from South Pacific Cafe. The students' dishes were assessed based on criteria such as originality and taste. In the end, the following chefs received awards:
Best Overall Grand Champion went to Captain Strong fourth grader Dalon Goodwin for his "Strawberry Spinach Turkey Club."
Makayla Furguson, a fourth grader from CAM, won the Kid Friendly and Easy Prep award with her "Ant Hill."
Haley Hankel, a CAM third grader, won the Healthy Attributes award with her creation, "Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce."
Morgan Godfrey, a fourth grader from Yacolt, is the winner of the award for the Best Use of Ingredients and Originality with her "Watermelon Lollipops."
Ryley Engstrom, River HomeLink fourth grader, earned the award for Plate Presentation with his "Red Pepper Boats" and was also the runner up for Best Overall.
Grand champion Dalon Goodwin will compete in the regional level competition. Winners from the regional event will move on to a national competition.