The winning team of the “Swaggy Choppers” from Kimball Middle School were, from left: Linda Shaw, cafeteria manager; Tina Panelli, Family Consumer Science teacher; Erin Haerr; Allison Marsh; Maria Martinez, Kimball cook; and Martin Bello. | Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
“World Tour Plate,” the final winning entrée by the Swaggy Choppers from Kimball Middle School, featured Greek yogurt, a German side dish of cucumbers and sour cream, Italian chicken parmigiana and a Spanish wrap. Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
A view of the final competition between Larsen Middle School and Kimball Middle School.
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Dr. Barbara Johnson, U46 assistant superintendent for secondary schools, and Dr. Jose Torres, U46 superintendent, pose with the Junior Chopped award. Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
Rachel Christie and Perry Gottschalk (shown) were members of the Beacon Academy crew that filmed Junior Chopped. Other crew members were: Mario Calero, Hayley Dillon, and Jack Godlewski. | Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
“The Food Fighters” team from Tefft Middle School, from left, were: Wil Blount, Janki Dave, and Kaelyn Rose Gottschalk. | Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media
The Junior Chopped judges were, from left: Bob Janz of Advantage Waypoint and broker for Gordon Food Service; Franco Riza Kozur, Uno’s; Christina Hernandez, School District U46 commissary manager; Eric TImroth, Larsen Middle School, and Miguel Medel, Abbott Middle School. | Denise Moran ~ For Sun-Times Media