Cayce, SC - A fifth-grade Cayce Elementary student is the winner of the 8th Annual Future Chef competition.
Alexandria Neal-Guetchkov was the top chef in a field of 16 finalists, all fourth- and fifth-graders representing the district's elementary schools in the March 7 event.
Students prepared Mexican dishes, which were scored by a panel of three judges. Alexandria's winning dish was grilled chicken with black bean salad and lime cream sauce.
In addition to Alexandria, other participating students and their schools were:
Cayce Elementary: Camilla Salas
Congaree Elementary: Sophia Barfield, Harrington Lowman
Riverbank Elementary: Larson Blackhurst, Savannah Boynton, Pachae Butler, Marydavis Hollman, Hope Martin, Andrew Roberts
Saluda River Academy for the Arts: Janiya Wiggins, Mason Williams
Springdale Elementary: James Baldwin, Allicen Caulder
Wood Elementary: Skylar Branham, Taylynn Stanfill, Daisha Ward, Alexis Wiggins
The cook-off was held in the commercial kitchen at the Lexington Two Innovation Center.