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Goddard fourth-grader wins $15,000 grand prize in Uncle Ben’s recipe contest

Ariel Pinkston, a fourth-grader at Clark Davidson Elementary in Goddard, is one of five grand prize winners in a nationwide cooking contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. Representatives from the company, along with New York chef Marcus Samuelsson, visited the school Wednesday to announce the award.
Ariel Pinkston, a fourth-grader at Clark Davidson Elementary in Goddard, is one of five grand prize winners in a nationwide cooking contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. Representatives from the company, along with New York chef Marcus Samuelsson, visited the school Wednesday to announce the award. Courtesy photo

An elementary school in Goddard will get a $30,000 cafeteria makeover, thanks to a fourth-grade student who won a national recipe contest.

Ariel Pinkston, a fourth-grader at Clark Davidson Elementary in Goddard, is one of five grand prize winners in a nationwide cooking contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s. Representatives from the company, along with New York chef Marcus Samuelsson, visited the school Wednesday to announce the award.

For the Ben’s Beginners contest, parents with children in kindergarten through eighth grade were invited to submit a home video showing them preparing a rice-based dish with their child.

Ariel’s winning recipe, Sunflower Sushi, features quick-cooking jasmine rice, tuna, avocado and carrots wrapped in nori and plated to look like a sunflower, with yellow-bell-pepper petals and a cucumber-spear stem and leaves. The winning video features Ariel and her mom, Naomi Pinkston, as well as her younger sister and brother.

The Pinkston family won a $15,000 cash prize. In addition, Clark Davidson Elementary was awarded $30,000 for a cafeteria makeover.

Here is the Pinkstons’ winning video on www.bensbeginnerscontest.com: “Sunflower Sushi”

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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