EDITOR'S DESK: North Okaloosa's 'Future Chefs' are learning lifelong skills

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 at 07:27 AM.

"Chef Remmi," Sodexo's student ambassador to health and nutrition, sums it up in a YouTube video: "Let's face it: You're always going to eat, so this skill (cooking) will serve you for a lifetime," she says. "Plus, besides cooking being a fun thing to do, you're eating healthier because you're creating yummy dishes with fresh foods, and you do it the way you like it."

With catchy names like Future Chefs third-place winner Kaitlynn Southard's "The Hammy Situation," that last part sounds about right!

And a sandwich that includes brown sugar ham, low-fat mayonnaise, nectarine salsa, parsley, cilantro and pita bread is easy on the body.

I was impressed by the students' poise and appearance. In each photo, these elementary school students look like true professionals.

Doesn't it inspire you to eat healthy, too? (Or, at least, don a toque, a white double-breasted jacket and checkered pants? What a way to unwind after work!)

Nevertheless, it's just one example of the Okaloosa School District's beneficial programs that will have lifelong effects.

What's your view? Write a letter to the editor or tweet News Bulletin Editor Thomas Boni @cnbeditor.

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