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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – One North Texas youngster appears to have the recipe for success! Today students at Martha Reid Leadership Academy in Arlington celebrated a creation made by one of the youngest children at the school.

Students across the country had the chance to enter a contest sponsored by the Uncle Ben’s rice brand.

While many entered the Ben’s Beginners contest it was a kindergarten student at Martha Reid who took home the big prize for her family and her school. But one of the best things about the win is that 5-year-old Gabriela Malkomes had no idea it was coming!

Gabriela was awarded a $15,000 check after winning for her recipe for peanut butter rice flan.

Students submitted recipes and Uncle Ben’s selected Gabriela as a top five finalists.

Gabriella’s mother, Luciana Malkomes, says her daughter loves to cook with her and create new recipes, but she admitted they were both to walk into a school assembly today to the applause of Gabriella’s classmates and the surprise news that they had won.

“It was a big surprise,” she said. “I never expected this.”

In addition to Gabriella getting a check, Martha Reid will receive $30,000 to be used toward a cafeteria makeover. The principal said the renovations will include adding new nutritional stations – including a milk and salad bar.

After walking away with a check that is bigger than she is, Gabriella and her mom did a cooking demonstration for the school.

Comments (2)
  1. Yeaaa Congrats Gabriella and Martha Reid Leadership Academy. Although MRLA is located in Arlington it is part of the BEST district in the Nation, MANSFIELD ISD. #WeAreMISD

  2. THIS IS AWESOME!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Congratulations to ALL! #cookwithyourkids #WeAreMISD

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