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Shake It Up Student Chef Contest winners announced

Maxwell High School of Technology takes first place, winning students earn $16k scholarships  ​

MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, 404-463-4246,


March 29, 2018 – The second annual Shake It Up Farm-to-School Student Chef Competition was held Wednesday, March 14 at Bibb County Schools’ William S. Hutchings College and Career Academy. Student teams from the Dublin City, Baldwin County, Floyd County, Gwinnett County, Jackson County, Newton County, and Putnam County school districts competed for the top spots.


Maxwell High School of Technology, in Gwinnett County, took first place; each student received a $16,000 scholarship from Sullivan University in Kentucky and the team will move on to compete in the Southeast Regional Competition in Kentucky in May.


“The Student Chef Competition gives kids a chance to put into practice what they’re learning in the classroom,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods. “They’re helping us change the culture of school nutrition and creating fresh, delicious meals that incorporate local, Georgia grown foods – and can now be served in school cafeterias throughout the state. Every student participant exemplified initiative, teamwork, dedication, and problem-solving and I could not be more proud of their hard work.”


Teams competed to develop a nutritious, student-friendly recipe that included Georgia grown foods and USDA Foods and could easily be incorporated into the school food service program. The competition consisted of a recipe contest and a cooking competition; a panel of judges rated students’ creations on taste, student appeal, presentation, and creativity. 


The winners were:


1st Bowl’d Farm Fresh Burrito Bowl           

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Maxwell High School of Technology

Angélica Burgos, De’Avion Frezell, Preston Gouge

Amanda Williams, Culinary Arts Instructor/FCCLA Advisor

Each student received a $16,000 scholarship to attend Sullivan University in Kentucky. This team also moves on in May to the Southeast Regional Competition in Kentucky.


2nd Chicken Quesadillas                                                  

Putnam County Schools

Putnam County High School

Tykeya Reid, Khrislyn Jones, Kayla Russell

Penny Reynolds, Culinary Arts Teacher/SkillsUSA Advisor


Each student won a $10,000 scholarship to attend Sullivan University in Kentucky


3rd Sautéed Chicken Wrap                                            

Jackson County Schools

Jackson County Comprehensive High School

Erin Cook, Jared Foster, Keely Cudd

Brooke Curtis, FACS Teacher/FCCLA Advisor


Each student won a $6,000 scholarship to attend Sullivan University in Kentucky.


All competing recipes will be featured in the Student Chef Cookbook and promoted for use in school nutrition programs throughout the state.