WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A fifth-grade Cayce Elementary student is the winner of the district's 8th Annual Future Chef competition.
Alexandria Neal-Guetchkov was the top chef in a field of 16 finalists -- fourth- and fifth-graders representing the district's elementary schools in the March 7 event.
Students prepared Mexican dishes, which were judged by a panel of three. Alexandria's winning dish was a grilled chicken with black bean salad and lime cream sauce.
In addition to Alexandria, other finalists 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 at the Lexington Two Innovation Center.