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2023 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge”

While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in PAUSD will use their culinary skills to reimagine their favorite lunch meal by creating original recipes in the 2023 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge.” The national initiative, now in its twelfth year, was created to encourage students to think about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active and creative in the kitchen.

Elementary school students will submit healthy recipes inspired by their favorite lunch meals. The 12 students (one representative from each elementary site) will be selected to participate in the 2023 district-wide finals event.

Finalists will prepare and present their creations before being assessed on criteria including: originality, taste, kid friendliness, and use of healthy ingredients. PAUSD joins 253 other school districts across the country holding Future Chefs events throughout February and March. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for 40 regional finalist awards. The selected regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on

“According to the American Heart Association, about one in every three American kids and teens is overweight or obese,” said Stephen Dunmore, CEO North America, Schools, Sodexo. “This staggering statistic demonstrates why it is more important than ever to engage youth to become advocates for their own health.”

To join the Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge conversation on social media, use #SDXFutureChefs.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School
480 East Meadow Drive Palo Alto, CA. 94306


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