Boys Town North Florida’s Inaugural Chopped Competition

Boys Town North Florida was thrilled to host a special Chopped Competition this summer, where our Family Home youth showcased their culinary talents in a fun-filled, high-energy event!  Each house on our campus went head-to-head, putting their culinary skills to the test as they prepared appetizers, main entrees and desserts.

But here's the exciting twist – our young chefs had to incorporate surprise ingredients into their dishes, including olives, cream cheese, Ritz crackers and the mystery ingredient revealed that very morning: pineapple!

Our esteemed panel of judges, consisting of professional chef Leon Brunson, restaurateur Eric Pounders and two incredible non-profit leaders, Monique and Larry, added to the excitement and taste-tested each dish with meticulous consideration. They scored based on presentation, taste and creativity, making the competition even more challenging and rewarding!

Throughout the event, the atmosphere w​as filled with joy and camaraderie, as our youth showcased their culinary prowess and passion for cooking. It was truly heartwarming to witness their creativity and dedication in the kitchen.

After much deliberation, we are proud to congratulate the Hudson-Black Home for their outstanding and unique dishes, earning them the well-deserved title of CHOPPED champions!

We are immensely grateful to our Boys Town North Florida Family Home kids for their participation and enthusiasm, as well as to our esteemed judges who lent their expertise to support our mission.

Together, we're making a difference and inspiring our young chefs to embrace creativity while making unforgettable memories in the kitchen! 

Special Thank You's:

Leon Brunson - Owner of Leon's at Lake Ella
Eric Pounders - Marketing and Training Director of For the Table Hospitality
Monique Ellsworth - CEO of Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Larry Stevens - Assistant Warehouse Manager of Second Harvest of the Big Bend
Sevin Wilson - Representative of Millcreek Financial Consultants​