Edit ModuleShow Tags

I'm a Tulsa Kid: Jayla Patten

Patten recently placed in Sodexo's Future Chef competition.



Jayla Patten

Sheeba Atiqi

Every year Sodexo, a food service management company, holds a Future Chef competition to help students understand the importance of healthy eating and to showcase students’ talents in the culinary arts. This year’s finalist, 8-year-old Jayla Patten from Owasso, competed and placed with an original recipe that is both unique and healthy!

TK: How did it feel to be named a finalist in the competition? Prizes?

Jayla: Amazing! It was so fun to cook against other kids in the kitchen. As a finalist, the prizes included an iPad and cover, Snapchat recording glasses and a personalized chef’s coat. For the school district, I won a Fitbit, a pots and pans set, measuring tools, pot holders, an apron/hat set, a giant Wok, an autographed cookbook by Chef Remi and other kitchen tools. So many cool prizes!

TK: When did you start cooking?

Jayla: When I was 2, I used to sit on the counter and help my mom make cupcakes and cookies. By the time I was 3, I could make my own grilled cheese with Havarti.

TK: What was your winning dish?

Jayla: Asian Chicken Tacos with rice and beans.

TK: How did you come up with the idea for this dish?

Jayla: Well, I like tacos and I like Teriyaki chicken, so I basically combined the two. Also, the beans were Edamame (soybeans) and they are just fun to eat. I really like those too.

TK: What is your favorite type of food to make?

Jayla: Brownies. I have a secret recipe.

TK: Who inspires you and your cooking?

Jayla: My mom, my grandpa and Bobby Flay. I would like to beat him on his show some day. My signature dish would be Lemon Cupcakes.

TK: Any advice for future chefs?

Jayla: Don’t be afraid to try new foods. You might end up liking them.

TK: What are your plans and goals for the future?

Jayla: To keep cooking and learning new recipes so that I can beat Bobby Flay.

TK: What are your hobbies?

Jayla: Girl Scouts, cheerleading, biking, fishing, reading and, of course, baking.

TK: What is a fun fact about you?

Jayla: I once ate a whole pineapple by myself in one sitting…YUM. And I have a super cool mermaid mixer. Oops, that’s two. 

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Popular Articles

A Homeschooling Tale:

How and why we concluded that homeschooling is the right choice for our family

Indoor Places to Play in Tulsa

Age Appropriate Books to Talk to Your Kids about Sex

Tulsa Birthday Parties for Kids

Indoor Places to Play in Tulsa

Don't let the winter weather curb your fun!

Kids Eat Free in Tulsa

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Weekend Roundup

Free Events for Tulsa Families

Teachers Can't Find the Nurturer in TPS's Classroom Management System

No-Nonsense Nurturer has been criticized as being robotic, stifling and under-researched.

Ten Places to Volunteer With Your Family in Tulsa

For many Tulsans, charitable giving is a way of life; but it can be difficult to know where to start.