Hayes graduate named finalist in taco contest


By Glenn Battishill - gbattishill@aimmediamidwest.com



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Pictured is the taco Jarod Siekman created for the contest. Siekman said he was inspired to create the recipe after spending time studying in Guatemala and frequently eating tacos there.


Courtesy photo | Jarod Siekman

A 2016 Hayes High School graduate is a finalist in a national taco contest, which is in the final round of voting.

Jarod Siekman, 20, a sophomore at Bluffton University in Ohio, is currently a national finalist in the Sodexo’s Make It Mindful Taco contest, which is a competition to find a taco recipe that can be served in all Sodexo locations. The winner will be determined by online votes on the contest website.

Siekman said his creation — a chicken, avocado and mango taco — was the product of a study aboard trip to Guatemala.

“My recipe is a chicken taco with mango, avocado, feta cheese, red onion, lettuce, red salsa and cilantro,” he said. “I came up with this idea from my semester-long study abroad trip to Guatemala. When I walked home every day, I would pass a street taco stand and would get a taco that had plenty of fruit, salsas, and chicken on it. Guatemala also has plenty of avocado farms, and I enjoy avocados, so I thought to include that as well. My inspiration behind my taco comes from my experiences in Guatemala.”

Siekman is a studying math and secondary education. While he doesn’t really cook very often, he loves tacos.

“I got involved in this contest when I saw an advertisement for it in my cafeteria at Bluffton University,” Siekman said. “It included a link where you could submit a recipe for a taco out of the ingredients available that could potentially be served in all Sodexo locations. This caught my eye because tacos are my favorite food, and I have some good ideas to make a great taco.”

Siekman added he was also drawn to the competition after hearing about one of the prizes.

“The winner also receives free lunch for a year, which is enticing,” Siekman said. “When I saw this contest, I thought if I win, I could add some more food that I enjoy and thought others would enjoy to the menu.”

Sodexo recently announced that Siekman was one of four finalist, much to Siekman’s shock.

“At first, I was very surprised to hear I was a finalist, because they choose four finalists out of everybody nationwide who entered,” Siekman said.

Votes can be cast at https://www.mindful.sodexo.com/vote/ until 4:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21.

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Pictured is the taco Jarod Siekman created for the contest. Siekman said he was inspired to create the recipe after spending time studying in Guatemala and frequently eating tacos there.
https://www.delgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2018/12/web1_Taco-1.jpgPictured is the taco Jarod Siekman created for the contest. Siekman said he was inspired to create the recipe after spending time studying in Guatemala and frequently eating tacos there. Courtesy photo | Jarod Siekman

By Glenn Battishill

gbattishill@aimmediamidwest.com

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.