Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge

New this year! The 2015 4-H Cook This! event will be incorporated into a healthy living track at the 4-H “And My World” Summer Camp held June 21-25 at the Iowa 4-H Center. All youth in grades 5-8 are welcome to attend.


The camp will provide youth the opportunity to further develop their nutritional knowledge and culinary skills through hands-on activities as they taste and prepare ethnic cuisines. Youth will explore new flavors while practicing leadership, citizenship and communication skills.

Through the 4-H healthy living camp youth participants will be able to:

  • Taste and create dishes using international foods and flavors.

  • Recognize the different types of food production methods and options for purchasing healthy foods.

  • Work in teams to practice safely preparing healthy dishes.

  • Demonstrate a global understanding of ethnic cuisines  and the culture surrounding food.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of nutritional, social, emotional and physical well-being.

Due to the Cook This! event being integrated into the 4-H camp delivery mode a Cook This! event will not be offered as part of our Iowa State Fair special events this year. This is being done in an effort to provide more educational programming to youth in a more long-term setting.

For more information and to register for the camp, please click on the embedded hyperlinks. Registration is due by June 1. For additional questions regarding the 4-H Healthy Living camp please contact: Cayla Taylor, 515-294-1877, Please share this exciting camping opportunity with youth interested in food and nutrition, healthy living, ethnic cuisines and food production!


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2014 Cook This! Culinary Challenge Final Results

Senior Level

First Place: Wolf Pack, Dehkontee D, Alexis M, Laura G

Second Place: J.A.K.d Up, Alienna B, John D, Katlynn L/

Third Place: Jumping Jalapenos, Anna C, Roman G, Riley M

Finalist: Team RTC, Rileigh H, Colton H, Trinity M



Intermediate Level

First Place: Cookin' Crusaders, Jessica K, Anna P, Lauren S

Second Place: The Three L's, Laura M, Leah M, Landra R

Third Place: Team Tasty, Noelle W, Evalina G, Freedom C

Finalist: I Cuochi Italiani, Heidi H, Kaylynn K, Anna M

Finalist: Sweet Cookin', Grace E, Alaina O, Paige O

Junior Level

First Place: Lucky Lassies and Lads, Kiana F, Annie L, Natalie V

Second Place: The Three Amigos, Ann L, Sarah M, Ally O

Third Place: M.E.N. Can Cook, Elena D, Nadia G, Molly W

Finalist: Baking Blondies, Bella B, Ella B, Gracyn V

Senior Level 2012 Winners



Top teams will advance to the final competition to be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at the Iowa State Fair. 

Who can participate?

Teams are composed of three youth. At least one member of the team must be a 4-H member (it's easy to join 4-H!) Interested individuals are able to apply as an individual, partial or full team. We will combine applicants to make full teams whenever possible.

The Challenges

Junior Level Challenge

2014 Cook This Challenge Packet (pdf)

Food Safety


Contact Cayla Taylor at


Thank you to our 2014 sponsors!

Iowa Beef Industry Council - $1,000

Iowa Pork Producers Association - $1,000


Fareway - In-kind donation

Iowa Egg Council - Fuel and burners

Iowa State University College of Human Sciences - scholarship donation

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences - scholarship donation

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