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Beaufort Elementary student wins Future Chef

  • Photos by DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Henry Lovett, a fifth-grade student at Beaufort Elementary, reacts to his grand prize win by dabbing at the annual Future Chef competition held at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center on Friday. Lovett’s winning dish was a spicy egg wrap.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Culinary arts chef Gregory Lightner helps third-grade student Demario Sims during the Future Chef competition Friday at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Spicy Egg Wrap was the winning dish at the annual Future Chefs competition Friday. Henry Lovett, a fifth-grade student at Beaufort Elementary, won the grand prize.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today M.C. Riley third-grade student Dylan Crosby works on her pineapple salmon dish for the annual Future Chef competition held Friday.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Red Cedar Elementary School student Mia Campbell works on her dish, Incognito Cauliflower Cheese Bites, with her “sous chef,” culinary arts student Miyuki Tsuji, during the annual Future Chef competition Friday at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center.
  • Photos by DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Grand prize winner Henry Lovett works with his “sous chef,” culinary arts student Ayla Watts, during the Future Chef competition Friday at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center. Lovett won for his dish, Spicy Egg Wrap.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Grand prize winner Henry Lovett works on his Spicy Egg Wrap dish during the Future Chef competition Friday at the Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Aubrie Brown, a fourth-grade student at Mossy Oaks Elementary, prepares her Zucchini Boats to put in the oven during the annual Future Chef competition at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center. Brown tied for second place with her dish. Her “sous chef” for the day was culinary arts student Brianna Gonzalez.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Kandice Henderson, a third-grade student, works on her dish, Baked Salmon with pineapple salsa, during the annual Future Chef competition Friday. The competition is a TV style challenge. Culinary art students from Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center served as “sous chefs” for the competitors. Henderson worked with Alayshia Powell.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Future Chef competitors wait for the judges’ decision in the annual competition Friday at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center.
  • DeAnn Komanecky/Beaufort Today Brady Sacha, a fourth-grade student at M.C. Riley Elementary School, plates his dish for the Future Chef competition Friday at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center. Sacha made Mozzarella Chicken Pasta with the help of “sous chef” Alaysha Gwathney, a culinary arts student.

Beaufort County has a new grand prize-winning chef: fifth-grader Henry Lovett.

Lovett, a student at Beaufort Elementary School, took top honors at the annual Future Chef competition on Friday with his Spicy Egg Wrap.

The TV-style competition is in its fourth year and was held at Battery Creek High’s Advanced Technical Center.

The competition was sponsored by Sodexo, provider of meal services to Beaufort County schools.

A dozen students were chosen for the event from about 100 entries. One student did not compete.

Students were required to create a healthier version of a comfort food.

Culinary arts chef Gregory Lightner’s students from the technical center served as “sous chefs” for the competitors.

The “chefs” were given one hour to make and plate their dishes. They had to create a sample plate and five dishes for the judges.

There was a tie for second place, with Aubrie Brown and Dylan Crosby splitting the honors.

Dishes were judged on six categories: healthy attributes, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, originality, taste and use of featured ingredients.

Brown is a fourth-grade student at Mossy Oaks Elementary. Brown made zucchini boats filled with turkey, cheese and seasonings. Crosby is a third-grade student M.C. Riley Elementary. Her winning dish was pineapple salmon with coconut rice and honey carrots.

Third place went to Mia Campbell, a fifth-grade student at Red Cedar Elementary School, for her Incognito Cauliflower Cheese Bites.

Lovett said he “loves to cook” at home.

“I make eggs for my family nearly every morning,” Lovett said. “All the ingredients in this dish have healthy heart benefits.”

The ingredients in Lovett’s dish were eggs, tomatoes, avocado, olive oil, cheese and Sriracha sauce. They were wrapped in whole wheat tortillas.

The rest of the field included Brady Sacha from M.C. Riley Elementary, Maiya Nicole Carter from Whale Branch Elementary, McKenzie Griffing from Beaufort Elementary, Ava Scott from Mossy Oaks Elementary, Sophia Blackwell from Red Cedar Elementary, Kandice Henderson from Shanklin Elementary and Demario Sims from Beaufort Elementary.

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