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With the rest of their day in the capital, the Tilden team had time for some sightseeing. "We took a tour of the White House and met with chef Sam Kass and other executive chefs," Franklin says. "Chef Sam Kass is the greatest chef. He's an inspiration to me."

Then, it was time for a flight back to Chicago to get ready for school.

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