10 years ago

Nearly 300 students from 17 Panhandle counties competed in the District 4-H Food Challenge sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Oct. 14 at the MK Brown Memorial Auditorium and Civic Center in Pampa. From Carson County, 34 students entered; three Junior teams, two Intermediate teams and two Senior teams.
The 4-H Food Challenge is modeled after the Food Network’s Iron Chef television show. The event gives the students an opportunity to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills.
Teams of three to five 4-H members create a dish using a predetermined set of ingredients. The team must identify, prepare and present to a panel of judges the information related to the preparation process, nutritional value, serving size and cost of the dish. Tthe members apply knowledge and skills that they have acquired through their participation in 4-H foods and nutrition projects.
4-H members from Panhandle, who placed in the Food Challenge were:
Senior (age 14-18)
Rubie Alarcon, Lana Boyd, Christian Cooke, Dakota Crich and Victoria Stovall won 3rd place in the Fruit and Vegetable category. Josie Mitchell, Lynzee Keys, Allison Goodwin, Abby Brassfield, Marissa Smith and Cheyenne Crich finished 4th in the Main Dish category.
Intermediate (age 11-13)
Acacia Barker, Baylee Ogletree, Jenna Cates, Keslea Ford and Grayson Davis won 1st place in the Fruit and Vegetable category. Kinlea Ford, Ryan Howes, Chloe Harris and Shayla Gandy also competed.
Ryan Howes, Chloe Harris, Shayla Gandy and Kinlea Ford finished 5th in the Nutritious Snack category.
Junior (age eight – in third grade, nine – 10)
Kloee Kowalewski, Gracie Veazey, Tatum Neuwirth, Riley Ward and Adelia Stamps won 3rd place in the Fruit and Vegetable category.
Markus Barker, Hunter Thompson, Jett Bradford, Spencer Keys and Tayte Ogletree won 1st place in the Bread and Cereal category.
Brighton Evans (White Deer), Brady Briggs (WD), Colter Lynch, Corbin Throgmorton and Grace Means (WD) won 2nd place in the Nutritious Snack category.
Carson County Family and Consumer Science Agent Jeanene Montgomery said, “This group of kids worked very hard and made time to practice and they each did an amazing job. This was the largest entry in the District Food Challenge that Carson County has ever had.”
Congratulations Food Challenge participants!