Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pizza Recipe Gives Boy Chance at $25,000

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pizza Recipe Gives Boy Chance at $25,000

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Eleven-year-old Southside resident Robert Matthews is one of five finalists in "all" laundry detergent's "Small Chef -- Big Mess Challenge," and he and his recipe for Pizza Surprise have a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship.

But first, his recipe must beat out four other finalists Wednesday in a cook-off at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City with Food Network chef Rachael Ray.

Matthews and North Jacksonville resident Dominique Snowden were two of 25 children from around the country chosen as semifinalists in the contest for the tastiest and messiest original recipe. Dominique, 11, submitted her recipe for a Ta Da Dump Cake. Robert's pizza recipe includes cheese, hot sauce, chicken and pepperoni.

"I was so excited to hear that I was selected as a finalist, and I am thrilled to be going to New York City to compete," Robert said in a news release.

The four who don't win Wednesday's cook-off each get a $5,000 scholarship.

The other finalists are Bradley Bertola of Highland, Utah, with Yummy Chicken Roll-Ups; Sullivan Contreras of Santa Barbara, Calif., with Sully's Gotta Have S'More Pie; Bronwyn Fadem of Rutherfordton, N.C., with Lasagna Roll-Ups; and Mikey Keiffer of Fostoria, Ohio, with Likey Mikey's Yummie Cake.


The American Red Magen David for Israel and the Beth Shalom Synagogue bring a bit of the Holy Land to Jacksonville Sunday with The Shalom Trio and the Sounds of the Mediterranean. The entertainment starts at 3:30 p.m. at the synagogue at 4072 Sunbeam Road and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children 16 and younger. Proceeds will help Magen David Adom, Israel's Red Cross, to buy bandages. For more information, call organizers at 268-3589.


Almost 20 months after the last meeting was held on proposals to improve the intersections of Southside Boulevard, Old Baymeadows Road and Baymeadows Road, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is ready to unveil its final idea for public reaction.

JTA holds a public hearing from 6:30 to 8 p. …

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