By Matt Roy, Independent Newsmedia
No, Gordon Ramsey did not show up – but that didn’t dampen the hopes of some local young chefs.
A cohort of grade-school gourmands duked it out in a March 28 culinary showdown at the inaugural Future Chefs competition March 28 at Paradise Honors Elementary School, 15533 W. Paradise Lane.
Denise Mounsey, food service general manager at the school, said the event was an special educational and social event for students and their parents.
“I am very excited to have produced this event for Paradise Honors Elementary School,” Ms. Mounsey said. “It is a great opportunity to engage with students and parents and to provide an educational and fun event for the children.”
Six finalists were selected from among participants who submitted recipe cards, she said.
“We started out by putting out the challenge to all grade 1-5 students,” said Ms. Mounsey. “Then they picked up their competition recipe cards and instructions, filled them out and put them in our special entry box. The judges met and looked over the recipes and decided on 6 finalists.”
The finalists and their winning recipes included: 1st grader Kelsey Motts, chicken fried “rice-a-rito”; 2nd grader Asher Lindsley, fresh fruit spring rolls with orange ginger Yogurt sauce; 3rd grader Afton Campbell, Taguchi tacos; 4th grader Braden Basham, sticky Asian chicken wings; 4th grader Christina Brown, Thai chicken tacos; and 5th grader William Mooney, Asian lettuce wraps.
Contest winners were:
- 1st Place: Christina Brown
- 2nd Place: William Mooney
- 3rd Place: Afton Campbell