San Jose, March 15, 2018: Moreland School District announced that fifth grade Baker Student, Fumika Ono, has been awarded Moreland School District’s Future Chef Competition winner. The Future Chef Competition was held yesterday, March 14, 2018 at Easterbrook Discovery School.
After more than 60 3rd - 5th grade students submitted recipes, finalists were selected to represent each elementary and K-8 school. The category this year was “Asian Fusion,” and students were judged on originality, health attributes, ease of preparation, kid appeal, plate presentation, use of featured ingredients, and taste.
Fumika’s recipe, Doughnut Sushi, will advance to the Sodexo Food Services Regional competition where 5 semi-finalists will then create videos for the final vote to determine the national Future Chef winner. As the District-winner, Fumika also won 15-piece nonstick cookware set, a specialty nonstick wok, measuring cups and spoons, flexible cutting mats, silicone pot holders, a Fujifilm Instax Instant Camera and Fitness Tracker.
Moreland has had several students represent the Moreland School District as Regional Winners, including last year’s Future Chef winner, Caden Thompson from Latimer and Elle Seguin from Payne. The District is incredibly proud of all school finalists and Future Chef participants:
2nd place winner: Anhora Medriski, Latimer School, 3rd grade (Anhora’s Delicious Salad)
3rd place winner: Hana Tomita, Country Lane Elementary School, 4th grade (Chicken Soboro Donburi)
Naaliyah Yap, Anderson Elementary School, 4th grade (Adobe Chicken Wings)
Kaylin Perl, Easterbrook Discovery School, 3rd grade (Asian “Pun” Remix Wraps)
Marcus Advincula, Payne Elementary School, 3rd grade (Marcus’ Gratifying Gyoza)
Future Chef is a national cooking competition sponsored by Sodexo Food Services that begins at the school district level. Winners have the opportunity to advance to Regional and National levels, competing with students from all over the country. Previous Future Chef competitions have focused on “Healthy After-School Snacks” and “Healthy Breakfast Challenge” recipes.