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Ferndale Future Chefs Competition Winner Announced

Future Chefs Gold Medal winner Sophia Tobler
Future Chefs Gold Medal winner Sophia Tobler
(photo: Ferndale School District)

Ferndale School District held the 4th Annual Future Chefs Competition Wednesday, March 4, at the Ferndale High School cafeteria. Fifteen elementary students competed and the Top Future Chefs Gold Medal went to Skyline Elementary School fourth grader Sophia Tobler. for “Sophia’s Super Smoothie.”

The community was invited to attend and participate in the tasting of each entry.

The 15 elementary students competing during the final competition were:

  • Alice Bergman (Eagleridge Elementary)
  • Nathan Evans (Skyline Elementary)
  • Sadie Gibboney (Cascadia Elementary)
  • Coley Gullikson (Custer Elementary)
  • Kaleo Kennerley (Eagleridge Elementary)
  • Justice Latner (Beach Elementary)
  • Kayla Lee (Skyline Elementary)
  • Gabrielle Lenssen (Central Elementary)
  • Demetria Phillips (Cascadia Elementary)
  • Evan Saxman (Central Elementary)
  • Melina Saxman (Central Elementary)
  • Abby Schmidt (Custer Elementary)
  • Erica Stotts (Cascadia Elementary)
  • Kamryn Talman (Skyline Elementary)
  • Sophia Tobler (Skyline Elementary)


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Future Chefs Competition tasting
(photo: Ferndale School District)

Additional awards given out were:

  • Taste: Demetria Phillips
  • Healthy Ingredients: Kayla Lee
  • Plate Presentation: Melina Saxman
  • Easy Preparation/Kid Friendly: Evan Saxman
  • Originality: Kaleo Kennerley


Tobler received a gift basket of kitchen items and the opportunity to move on to the regional competition. The regional finalists will go on to compete to become one of the five national finalists competing for the public’s vote on a special Future Chefs YouTube channel. The particulars of the final competition will be announced later this spring.


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