Sarasota County Student Wins State Cooking Competition, Named State Student Chef Ambassador

Feb 25, 16 Sarasota County Student Wins State Cooking Competition, Named State Student Chef Ambassador

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam congratulates Jared Gracia-David, a ninth-grade student from Pine View School in Sarasota County, for winning the 2015 Student Chef Cook-Off and being named the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ State Student Chef Ambassador. Gracia-David created and prepared an original “Fresh Spring Rolls” recipe to win the cooking competition.

“Our goal is to encourage kids in Florida to learn how to incorporate healthy foods into their meals and to enjoy the process of preparing the meal, just like Jared,” 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.”

Six Florida high school students who previously competed at regional cook-offs prepared their winning dishes once again for a panel of culinary judges at the Florida State Fair.

Jared Gracia-David, new State Student Chef Ambassador

Emily Turner, a 12th-grade student from Leon County, won second place in the competition with her “Portabella Wrap Snack” recipe. Jayla Herring, an 11th-grade student from Alachua County, won third place in the completion with her “Mango Almond Spanakopita” recipe.

The students’ recipes were judged by: Justin Timineri, Florida’s Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; Jennifer Denlinger, Instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts; and Anthony Faraone, Executive Chef.

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