4-H Food Showdown offers fun, competition
Want to team up with some of your friends and see what you can "cook up" this spring break?
Young people who would like to pit their own skills in the kitchen against others their age are encouraged to take part in the first annual "4-H Food Showdown" March 20 and 21.
"If you've ever watched the food competitions on television and wondered what it would be like to compete in such an event, here is your chance," said LaDonna Dunlop, director of the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service and its 4-H program.
The competition, which will be held at the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service, will unfold over a two-day session.
"Teams are going have to be creative to win," Dunlop stressed. "Just like in similar competitions, you'll unwrap the secret ingredients right before the actual challenge and battle against the clock to make the most delicious dish you can."
Youth will compete in teams of two or three in either the Junior (ages 9 to 13) or Senior (13 to 19) divisions. On March 20, all competitors will attend the orientation session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On March 21, Junior Division teams will compete from 9 a.m. until noon and Senior Division teams from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
"We expect this competition to be a lot of fun," Dunlop stated. "On the first day of the competition we're going to make sure everyone has the skills they'll need to impress the judges. We'll have sessions on how to make impressive garnishes, how to measure effectively, how to figure out the average cost of an individual serving, as well as food safety."
Up to 10 teams will compete in each division and prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place teams in each division.
"We want to stress that this competition is for all youth, whether they're in 4-H or not," Dunlop said.
The 4-H Food Showdown is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation and Oklahoma State 4-H Foundation. The Oklahoma County 4-H Chefs Club is also a sponsor of the program. This club is open to all youth ages 9 to 19 and focuses on helping kids learn to achieve some of the finer arts of cooking.
Registration is $5 per participant, but fee waivers are available. All supplies will be provided to the participants, including their own chef's hat and apron.
In addition to the 4-H Food Showdown, the Extension Service will also offer a "Spring Break Sewing Camp" for youth ages 10 and up March 21 to 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information about these spring-break activities, contact the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service at 405-713-1125.