LONGBRANCH: The Third Annual Future Chefs Competition took place on Wednesday at Long Branch Middle School with six 4th and 5th Grade finalists in the final round of competition that began with 25 students.
The winners were selected from the six, and the proof was in the recipes, all of them terrific. The judging team tested with their own palates in a tight but friendly rivalry.
One boy and five girls displayed their recipe samples on individual tables at the school cafeteria with parents, teachers, school officials and visitors from the city council sampling the offerings and casting votes for their favorite.
The students and grade level were: Anastasia School; Johanna Conseco, 4th, Raphael Santiago, 4th,; from George Catrambone School were Natalie Seaman, 5th, Neasia Davis 5th, Siara B. Perez, 4th; from Gregory School, Dulce Oliva, 4th.
It was a really tough task to select winners. The six excellent, taste tantalizing recipes were measured by the several objectives of healthy attributes, taste, easy preparation, kid friendly, plate presentation, and originality.
"Overall" category went to Raphael, a future chef, he told the Head Announcer Dr. Michael Salvatore.
Each of the future chefs was asked what inspired them. Some said their coaches (from Sodexo and teachers) and others said family members, with Mom as the most mentioned. When he was asked Raphael said he aspires to be a future chef like his father. The audience smiled as Head Announcer and School Superintendent Dr. Michael Salvatore made the awards.
All were happy to have been a part of another important school event, like sports, academics and other school activities.