Beaufort Elementary student wins Future Chef
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.