Comanche County 4-H youth had the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Food and Nutrition Project this past Saturday during the County Food Show and Food Challenge. The theme chosen this year is Food from Around the World. Nineteen youth from ages 5 to 14 competed in both individual and team cooking events. Individuals compete in Food Show by preparing a dish at home in one of 4 categories. Categories include main dish, fruit/vegetable, bread/cereal, and nutritious snack. Healthy eating is the goal. After choosing their category and dish, the youth prepare to present their dish to a panel of judges. They are asked to know nutritional value, food groups, food safety, food preparation, and if any substitutions can be used to make the dish healthier. After concluding Food Show, youth broke into their teams to begin food challenge. Teams of 3-4 youth are given one main ingredient to build a dish from. They are also given 5 dollars to shop for 3-5 items from the pantry. They are then given 40 minutes to prepare a healthy and creative dish for the panel of judges. 4-H members have been practicing weekly since September to battle it out for the opportunity to advance to the District competition next month in Belton. The 1st place individual in Food Show in each category and age division advances as well as the top two teams in each age division for Food Challenge with the exception of Clover Kids ages Kindergarten to 2nd grade.Youth placings are as follows.
Clover Kid participants-Olivia Young, Finley Williams, Faye Whitehead, and Azalee Scott.
Junior Nutritious Snack- 1st Place Ella Plaunty
Junior Bread/Cereal- 1st Place Alayna Rasberry
Intermediate Bread/Cereal- 1st Place Jade Young 2nd Place Allyson Johnson
Intermediate Main Dish- 1st Place Anna Rasberry
2nd Place Sadie Berry
Intermediate Fruit/Vegetable-1st Place Franklin Young
Clover Kid Participants
Team 1- Finley Williams, Jake Milburn, Olivia Young
Team 2- Azalee Scott, Piper Williams, Hadley Penny, Faye Whitehead
1st Place Junior Team
Master Chefs- Alayna Rasberry, Audrey Wilson, Tinzie Williamson, Ella Plaunty
1st Place Intermediate Team
Cereal Killers- Sadie Berry, Allyson Johnson, Cody DeAx, Tyson DeAx
2nd place Intermediate Team
Darth Taters- Franklin Young, Rose Young, Jade Young, Ayden Williams
Not competing but also advancing uncontested
Senior Team- Mary Moerman, Skylar Sanders, Marki Jones, Masyn Donough.
A very special thank you to our judges Van Christian, Wendy Conway, Helen Hardy, and Laurie Whitney. Also to First United Methodist Church of Comanche for the use of their facilities for practice as well as our competition. We appreciate all you do for our 4-H Youth!