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The community at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Literary and Fine Arts School is calling on Evanstonians to vote for Chef Logan in the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, conducted on the internet.

Chef Logan Hagene, a fourth grader, earned one of the top 25 spots in the contest with a concoction he calls, “Logan’s Volcano Rice.” If enough people vote for him, he could make it into the Top Five finalists

The top prize includes a school cafeteria makeover worth $30,000.

“It would mean the world to me,” says the youngster, “if I could get enough votes to win. It would allow my school to have a whole new cafeteria.”

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What Logan is really longing for is a water bottle filling station in the facility, but he concedes that “the most important thing to me is that I can inspire kids to keep cooking.”

Right now, however, Logan, his fellow students, and King Arts teachers are urging the Evanston community to cast a vote for Logan on the company’s website. Supporters can vote daily through Nov. 30, when the contest ends.

Logan took an interest in cooking at age 2, his parents say, by helping his family to prepare their big Sunday breakfasts, and his love for cooking has only grown over the years.

Logan has been on the Steve Harvey Show three times as a chef and chef judge, and just last month, he served as a blue ribbon panel judge with Chef Art Smith and Chef Rick Bayless to judge a breakfast cook-off between Steve Harvey and Rachael Ray.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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