Future Chefs competition gives students chance to cook and get creative 

Thirteen Clover Park School District fourth-grade students put their cooking skills to the test recently. The students prepared their favorite healthy snack in CPSD’s 10th annual Future Chefs cooking competition. 

The contest is run by the district’s student nutrition department, which takes recipe entries from students at every CPSD elementary school and selects the top submissions for the competition. This year, more than 65 students submitted recipes. 

“We try to select the most advanced recipes,” said student nutrition operations manager Victor Castillo. “Some of these items they are cooking make you step back and say, ‘Wow!’” 

Students prepared a variety of foods for this year’s competition. Looking around the kitchen, you could see everything from grilled cheese to quinoa salad with seared tilapia. Even dragon fruit made an appearance. 

The fourth graders are responsible for the finished product, including plate and table presentations. After preparations were finished, a collection of judges tasted each product and awarded the students in a variety of categories. 

This year’s winners were:

  • Health Conscious Foods: Zander Bergstresser from Rainier – Veggie Pizza
  • Kid Friendly Preparation: Riley Black from Hillside – Blueberry Cinnamon Scones
  • Fun Foods: Christian Martin from Park Lodge – Dragon Berry Parfait
  • Best Table Presentation: Peter Sanchez Ayala from Four Heroes – Quinoa Salad and Seared Tilapia
  • Judge’s Choice: Arianna Bloodsworth from Evergreen – Avocado Salsa
  • People’s Choice: Gretchen Leach from Oakbrook – Healthy Snack Wraps

Participant in the Future Chefs competition