Roseburg 5th graders set to compete in Future Chefs contest

Jo Lane Middle School, Feb. 21, 2018. (SBG)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Roseburg Public Schools fifth-grade students will take to the kitchen on Thursday for the fourth annual Future Chef Competition at Joseph Lane Middle School.

The 13 students representing seven elementary schools were selected to compete in the cook-off after submitting recipes that were reviewed by each school’s lead cook.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Asian Fusion,” and students will be creating a variety of soups, tacos, salads, vegetarian dishes and meat entrees.

The event aims to educate students about healthy eating habits.

The district’s food services provider, Sodexo, is providing the food for the competition, which is organized by RPS Nutrition Services staff.

The event starts at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria and is open to the public. Judges include RPS Superintendent Gerry Washburn, retired Executive Chef Serge Queant and RPS Transportation Supervisor Denny Austin.

Students’ dishes will be judged based on taste, originality, ease of preparation, “kid appeal,” healthy attributes, use of featured ingredients and the presentation of their sample plate.

The winner of the competition will receive prizes and have his or her recipe automatically entered into a national competition for a chance to win even more.

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