Future Chefs learn about independent, healthy living (PHOTOS)

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Walker Elementary School student Kendal Neal and Baker School student Brady Fields prepare sandwiches within the competition's 30-minute limitation.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 07:22 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Kaitlynn Southard says she wants to enter more cooking competitions after placing third in the 4th Annual Okaloosa County Future Chefs Competition.

"I'm glad that I placed ... I think my sandwich is really good," the 11-year-old Laurel Hill School student said.  

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Kaitlynn's sandwich, "The Hammy Situation," which included brown sugar ham, low-fat mayonnaise, nectarine salsa, parsley, cilantro between two pieces of pita bread, competed against 22 elementary school students' entries.  

Thursday's event, held at Walker Elementary School, wasn't Kaitlynn's first time as a chef. She created a jambalaya recipe at home, where she enjoys learning new recipes, she said.

"When my mom is at work, I will cook a lot for my dad and my brother," Kaitlynn said. "It's just having fun in the kitchen."

Future Chefs, sponsored by Sodexo and the Okaloosa County School District, required participants to use fresh fruits and vegetables for preparing healthy sandwiches within 30 minutes. Participants also had to explain their culinary creations before a judging panel.

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