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Future Chefs Challenge

While healthy eating can be a challenge for kids and parents, elementary school

students in Lincoln County School Districit will use their culinary skills to reimagine their

favorite lunch meal by creating original recipes in the 2020 “Sodexo Future Chefs

Challenge.” The national initiative, now in its tenth year, was created to get students

thinking about making healthy food choices while also encouraging them to be active

and creative in the kitchen. Lincoln County School District students are joining over

2,500 other students representing more than 1,400 Sodexo-served school sites in 30

states nationally.

54 elementary school students submitted healthy recipes inspired by their favorite lunch

meals and the 16 finalists 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, kid friendliness and use of healthy ingredients. Lincoln

County School District 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, 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.” Sodexo, the school nutrition partner to over 500 school districts throughout the U.S., is renowned for its work advancing childhood nutrition, health and well-being.

In November 2016, Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) named Sodexo “Partner of

the Year” based in part on early success on elements of its commitments for increasing

healthier food options in the K-12 schools it serves; providing healthier meal options for

children at zoo, museum and aquarium locations served by Sodexo; and for its

commitment to serve 17 million additional free breakfasts to K-12 students by 2018,

which Sodexo met two years early. In addition, the award recognizes Sodexo’s efforts

beyond its PHA commitment including how it has created a culture of health across its

extensive network of clients, customers, vendors and employees.

The Sodexo Future Chefs Challenge is just one of the many ways that the company

shares its health and well-being expertise with the clients, customers and the

communities it serves.

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