WMES 4TH Grader Daniel Schwaninger Wins Sodexo's Future Chef Culinary Competition

2018 Future Chef Winners

Talbot County’s 2018 Sodexo Future Chef Competition finalists:  left to right: Lane Hutchison, 5th Grade, Chapel District Elementary; Molly Genrich, 5th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary; Madelynne Plog, 5th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary School; Daniel Schwaninger, 4thGrade, White Marsh Elementary School and overall winner.

TCPS elementary students had a chance to test their culinary skills in Sodexo’s 2018 Future Chef Culinary Competition. The event is an exciting and engaging way to encourage students to learn more about healthy food choices by participating in a fun and rewarding recipe contest, and is sponsored by Sodexo, provider of TCPS food services.

School districts across the country held Future Chef events throughout February and March. The winning student from each participating district will be considered for regional finalist awards, and the selected regional finalists will vie to become a national finalist, competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel. The culinary theme this year was “Healthy Asian Fusion”. 

The Talbot County Public Schools Future Chef Culinary competition was held at Easton High School.  The panel of judges included Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent of Schools; Michael Garman, Board of Education President; Juanita Hopkins Board Member; Charles Connolly, TCPS Finance Director; and George Higley, District Manager from Sodexo.  The following TCPS elementary students were finalists with their outstanding recipes:

  • Daniel Schwaninger - 4th Grade, White Marsh Elementary – Asian Shrimp Kebobs (1st Place).
  • Molly Genrich - 5th Grade, St. Michaels Elementary School – Molly Wrap Dogs (2nd Place).
  • Madelynne Plog - 5th Grade, St. Michael’s Elementary – Teriyaki Chicken Spring Rolls (3rd Place).
  • Lane Hutchison - 5th Grade, Chapel District Elementary – Teriyaki Chicken & Rice (4th Place).

Daniel Schwaninger was the overall winner with his recipe for Asian Shrimp Kebobs.  “The recipes were all amazing,” said Dr. Kelly Griffith, Superintendent.  “I am always so impressed with the culinary skills our elementary students demonstrate in in this competition!”


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