Fourth and fifth grade students from GUSD elementary schools participated in the GUSD Future Chefs competition on March 6 at Gilroy High School. The event was sponsored by Sodexo. This year's competition featured Fit Fiesta dishes. Students were invited to present their best dishes to a panel of three judges: Chef Carlos Pineda, Sam Bozzo and Gene Sakahara, as well as a number of attendees including parents and District staff. In the end, El Roble fifth grader, Julia Finucane, took home the top prize with her Black Bean & Sweet Potato Taquitos, with an avocado crema sauce. She now advances to the regional cook-off against more than 270 student chef district winners in Northern Calif. later this month for a chance to qualify for the nationals.
Rod Kelley fifth grader Rayen Garcia and his Quina Enchiladas took home second place and he also was crowned the Organic Food Waste Champion for having the least amount of food waste while preparing his dish. Eliot Elementary School fourth grader, Kevin Carrillo, placed third with his Sincronizada dish. Other competitors included: Glen View Elementary School fifth grader Sandra Martinez Aguilar, who prepared “Fish Tacos”; El Roble Elementary School fourth grader Myra Moniz who prepared “Myra’s Tasty Cheese Tostadas”; Luigi Aprea Elementary School fifth grader Michael Sarment who prepared “Shrimp Tacos”, and Luigi Aprea fifth grader Jack Zukowski who prepared “Jardin De Peces”.