Future Chefs contest names cooking contest winners

PORT ANGELES — Sodexo and the Port Angeles School District have announced the winners of the 2024 Future Chefs cooking contest.

The annual contest for students in fourth through sixth grades returned after a four-year hiatus that started during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contestants each planned and prepared a unique salad recipe at Lincoln Center with the assistance of a Sodexo sous-chef.

The dishes were judged by a panel of school board members, community members and Superintendent Marty Brewer.

The grand prize was awarded to Sophia Gallegos from Jefferson Elementary for her Chicken Salad a la Mexicana.

Winners were recognized in several categories

• Originality: Sydney Fellin, Santorini Chop Salad, Dry Creek Elementary.

• Easy preparation: Cohen Newlon, Lemon Parmesan Kale Salad, Hamilton Elementary.

• Healthy attributes: William Nesberg, Strong People (S’Klallam) Protein Bowl, Dry Creek Elementary.

• Kid-friendly: Sienna Fellin, Sienna’s Scrumptious Fruit Salad, Roosevelt Elementary.

• Plate presentation and appearance: Gabriel Shiepko, Seafood Salad, Hamilton Elementary.

• Best taste: Logan Wasnock, Logan’s Crunchy Salad, Jefferson Elementary.

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