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Story, photos, and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News Editor
Twelve Burns Park Elementary students demonstrated their abilities to chop, flip, fold and maintain grace under pressure during a “Chopped Junior Assembly” Friday morning.
The special assembly was a nutrition-based take-off of the Food Network’s “Chopped” cooking show—in which four chefs compete before a panel of judges to turn baskets of mystery ingredients into a three-course meal.
In this case, three teams of fourth and fifth grade students cooked in teams of three in collaboration with Chef Alex Young, formerly of Zingermann’s Roadhouse, private chef Bryant Stuckey, and Nicholas Bruzzano, a Pioneer High School freshman and former Burns Park student who won the Food Network’s “Chopped Junior” last year.
Each team was charged with preparing a nutritious appetizer, entrée or dessert in 20 minutes. Though their dishes were “judged,” they were all declared winners from the start.
Watching and cheering from the sidelines were Burns Park students in grades 3-5, who enjoyed counting down the 20 minutes.
The assembly was held for the first time last year when Burns Park parents Dr. Sue McCreadie and Brad Whitridge, a pilot with a passion for cooking and nutrition, came up with this novel, fun way to emphasize wellness at the school.