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GWINNETT GAB: 2nd-grader wins cooking contest

Special photo
 Vivian Hodges, left, a second-grader at Sugar Hill Christian Academy prepares her recipe during the school’s Next Top Chef competition as emcee Tom Sullivan looks on. 

Special photo Vivian Hodges, left, a second-grader at Sugar Hill Christian Academy prepares her recipe during the school’s Next Top Chef competition as emcee Tom Sullivan looks on. 

2nd-grader wins cooking contest

SUGAR HILL — Sugar Hill Christian Academy second-grader Vivian Hodges was recently named Top Chef during a cooking contest at her school.

The school, in cooperation with the Diner at Sugar Hill, conducted the first Next Top Chef competition on Friday. Vivian's winning recipe of California rolls will be featured at the Diner on Sunday. She will also have the opportunity to do a live cooking demonstration on an Atlanta morning show.

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade were invited to show off their culinary skills to fellow students, parents and staff. Before the competition, students submitted their recipes and a video of them preparing the food. Out of 220 possible chefs, five finalists were selected to present their recipes in the final cook-off.

Atlanta radio and TV personality Tom Sullivan served as guest emcee and occasional cooking assistant. Contest judges included NFL player Alge Crumpler, Kelly Greer from Gwinnett Magazine, school cooking instructor Liz Dean, Sugar Hill United Methodist Church Operations Director Wes Walker and The Diner at Sugar Hill Operating Owner and Manager Anthony Liakakos.

Sugar Hill Christian Academy was established in 1999 and serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Local facilities win awards

LAWRENCEVILLE — The Gwinnett Center/Arena and the Gwinnett Stadium (now known as Coolray Field) were recognized as co-winners as the Atlanta Business Chronicle's Deals of the Decade on March 4.

The dual projects were named as the winners in the Mixed-Use/Special-Use Category.

Awards were chosen by Atlanta Business Chronicle editors, who identified the top trends that shaped Atlanta's real estate market between 2000 and 2009, as well as the companies and individuals who played the greatest roles in those trends.

"One of the most notable aspects of winning this prestigious award was that all of the nominees for this mixed-use, special-use award were from Gwinnett County," said Preston Williams, managing director of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Gwinnett Center. "That was a singularly impressive fact about this whole event, and something everyone in Gwinnett should be proud of."

Other finalists for the award included the downtown and community development efforts of Duluth and Suwanee, as well as the dual retail developments of Mall of Georgia and Discover Mills.

Shop raises funds for pet food kitchen

LILBURN — Back By Popular Demand Consignment is hosting a sale Saturday to raise money for Daffy's Pet Food Kitchen.

The sale begins at 9 a.m., and gently used items will be sold for $1 each.

Back By Popular Demand Consignment is located at 4915 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn.

For more information, call 770-923-2968 or visit www.bbpdconsignment.com.

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