A team from Tom Green County won the National 4-H Food Challenge held recently at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.
The team, consisting of Jillian Pfeuffer, Allie Treadwell and Jamie Treadwell, all of Christoval 4-H club in Tom Green County, won the national competition after prevailing at the State 4-H Roundup in College Station earlier this year.
After winning state, the team was invited to compete in the Great American Seafood Cook off in New Orleans, where they took second place.
Pfeuffer said she enjoys participating in 4-H food challenge contests because they show her how to cook new and creative dishes. “The challenge is based in the show Iron Chef, where contestants get ‘mystery’ ingredients and are expected to prepare a dish from them,” she said. “You can also select a few ‘pantry’ items to add to the recipe, which you have 40 minutes to prepare.”
The contest also included a presentation on food and kitchen safety, the nutritional value of the recipe based in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate nutrition criteria, plus an accounting of the meal’s cost. The team was judged on innovation, technique, food and kitchen safety, cleanliness and other criteria as well as the content and quality of their presentation on the recipe’s nutritional value and benefit to human health.
“The structure of this contest promotes not only food preparation skills, but also teamwork and problem-solving under a time limit,” he said. “It’s a great way to hone a variety of life skills.”
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