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Way to Go: Emma Edwards and Ryan Gilmartin, Westhampton Beach

Emma Edwards, a fourth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary

Emma Edwards, a fourth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, was one of two students to win the district’s first-ever side-dish recipe contest in December 2014. Her recipe: a pasta salad that included sun-dried tomatoes, olives, capers, lettuce and garlic. Photo Credit: Westhampton Beach School District

Two culinary-minded students in Westhampton Beach recently had their recipes prepared and served to classmates after winning the district's first-ever side-dish recipe contest.

Emma Edwards, a fourth-grader at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, and Ryan Gilmartin, a seventh-grader at Westhampton Beach Middle School, each received a chef's jacket. Their dishes were served last month during lunch periods in their respective schools.

Emma was selected for a pasta salad that included sun-dried tomatoes, olives, capers, lettuce and garlic. Gilmartin submitted a dish he found online that combined steamed potatoes with roasted garlic, lemon and dill.

"I changed the recipe up a little bit, adding more garlic and lemon," said Gilmartin, who said he aspires to be a chef.

The recipe submissions were reviewed by Naim Walcott, the district's director of food services. He said the winning recipes were chosen because they included healthy ingredients.

The contest was designed to get children thinking more about the type of foods they eat, school officials said. A second contest will be held this spring.

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