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Martinez students cook up healthy comfort food recipes during Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge

MARTINEZ, Calif. – While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school students in Martinez Unified will use their creativity and culinary skills to make healthy comfort food recipes in the 2017 “Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge.” The national initiative, now in its seventh year, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active and creative in the kitchen. Martinez Unified students are joining over 2,600 other students representing more than 1,300 Sodexo-served school sites in 30 states nationally.

Twenty-seven elementary school students submitted healthy comfort food recipes and the six best were selected to participate in the district-wide finals event. Finalists will prepare and present their creations before being assessed on criteria including originality, taste, ease of presentation, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients. Martinez Unified  joins 256 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 regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become one of five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on SodexoUSA.com.

“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.”

The local Chefs Challenge will take place at Las Juntas Elementary, 4105 Pacheco Boulevard, Martinez, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 15. This is a private school event.

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

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