Eight students from the 3rd to the 12th grade have been picked as finalists for Classroom Central’s Coolinary Challenge, an event that will pair kids with chefs in a food event at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Discovery Place.
More than 100 students entered the contest, submitting a questionnaire on why they love food, the ways they cook, and an idea with a dish they’d like to make with five ingredients or less. Three judges, including myself, Bruce and Jill Hensley of Queen’s Feast, and Craig Utt of Axis Marketing Group sifted through the entries and choose the finalists.
The eight who made the final cut:
▪ Jasmine Bell, 6th grade, Piedmont Middle School.
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▪ Emma Hoefle, 7th grade, Alexander Graham Middle School.
▪ Kiarra Leslie, 10th grade, North Mecklenburg High School.
▪ Bianca Liggett, 8th grade, Morehead STEM Academy.
▪ Evy Linker, 3rd grade, Charlotte Lab School.
▪ Nyesha Rollins, 12th grade, AL Brown High School, Kannapolis.
▪ Madelynn Stokes, 9th grade, Vineyard of Hope.
The chefs who will work with the kids at the final event are Zack Renner of Rooster’s Uptown, Alyssa Gorelick of Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen, Dre Pico of Customshop and Oscar La Fuente, Evoke. Tickets to the final cooking event are $125 and funds will support Classroom Central, which provides school supplies to students in need.