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The finalist for the fifth annual Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown have been announced and will cook with Michelin-starred chefs as they compete on Sept. 22, the last day of the festival.

  • Nathaniel Kingdom: Donaldson Career Center Banh Mi Chicken Sandwich
  • Dawn Perricone: Golden Strip Career Center Stuffed Bruschetta Chicken

  • Logan McCall: Golden Strip Career Center Corn Slaw Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa

  • Joanna Sanchez: Enoree Career Center Chickpea Shakshuka

The four finalists will compete on the culinary stage at euphoria’s Sunday Brunch: Fired Up! alongside world-famous Michelin-starred chefs Curtis Duffy (Chicago) Melissa Rodriguez (New York), Teague Moriarty (San Francisco) and Val Cantu (San Francisco).

euphoria’s signature kids’ recipe and cooking contest is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the benefits of healthy lifestyles, while also showcasing exciting culinary industry careers to Greenville’s future workforce. Promoting healthy food is the driving purpose of the competition.

District students ages 8-18 submitted original, healthy, affordable recipes for consideration, and the top four were chosen by a panel of judges. The winner will receive a prize package from euphoria and have his or her recipe added to the Greenville County Schools menu during the 2019-2020 school year.

“The Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown gives students a chance to take an active role in improving the health, nutrition and appeal of the dishes served on our school lunch menu,” said Joe Urban, director of Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services. “The finalists will have the priceless opportunity to work alongside world-class chefs and develop their own culinary skills for careers in the dynamic and growing culinary industry.”

Mauldin High School student William Stephenson won the 2018 Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown with his hoisin-glazed salmon recipe. Chef Brandon Jew of Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco was his sous chef.

“From day one, euphoria’s mission has always been to showcase the diversity and depth of culinary talent and cuisine in our community,” said Morgan Allen, Executive Director of euphoria. “We are so grateful for our partnership with Greenville County Schools and the chance to reach more families in our community and promote the importance of healthy eating through our Healthy Lunchtime Throwdown competition.”

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