Sarasota County Student Named Regional Student Chef Ambassador
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam congratulates Jared Garcia-David, 9th grade, from Pine View School in Sarasota County for being named the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ regional Student Chef Ambassador for West Florida. Jared created and prepared an original fresh spring roll recipe to win the cooking competition. As a Student Chef Ambassador, he will be invited to compete at the Florida State Fair against other regional high school cook-off winners for additional prizes and the title of Florida’s Student Chef Ambassador.
“Our goal is to encourage Florida’s children to learn how to incorporate healthy foods into their meals and to enjoy the process of preparing the meal,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “Studies show that kids who have a hand in preparing their meals are more likely to eat healthy foods and to choose fruits and vegetables over snacks and junk food.”
Eight students from the West Florida area were selected from students throughout the region who submitted healthy snack recipes featuring a fresh Florida product to be judged on taste, presentation/appeal, technique and originality. These qualifying round winners were invited to cook their recipe for a panel of judges at Publix Aprons Cooking Schools. One winner was picked in each grade category (4th-5th, 6th-8th and 9th-12th).
The middle school winner was Max Marsh, 6th grade, from Pine View School, who prepared “Cauliflower Parmesan Pesto Perfection.” The elementary school winner was Kaylee Ziegelbauer, 4th grade, from Meadow Park Elementary, who prepared “Fancy Fruit and Orange Dip.”
The students’ recipes were judged by: Jim Hendry, resident Publix Aprons Chef; Samantha Slechta, Keiser University instructor Chef; and Allen Bristow, Publix Aprons sous chef.
All students who competed received a free Publix Aprons Cooking School certificate. In addition, third-place winners received a $50 gift certificate to Sports Authority; second-place winners a $75 gift certificate; and first-place winners a $100 gift certificate, as well as a gift bag from Publix.
Upcoming regional cook-offs include:
• Tallahassee: Northwest – Nov. 7, 2015
• Jacksonville: Northeast – Nov. 14, 2015