Cook This! 4-H Culinary Challenge

Cook This! is a youth culinary challenge where three member teams compete in a four part challenge where they will demonstrate their knowledge in kitchen equipment and produce identification as well as their creativity in food preparation. Teams participate at each level: junior, intermediate, and senior levels, all competing to show that they can Cook This!

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2014 Cook This! Finalists

Senior Level

Jumping Jalapenos-Anna C, Roman G, Riley M

Team RTC-Rileigh H, Colton H, Trinity M

J.A.K.d Up-Alienna B, John D, Katlynn L

Dehkontee D, Alexis M, Laura G

Intermediate Level

Cookin' Crusaders-Jessica K, Anna P, Lauren S

The Three L's-Laura M, Leah M, Landra R

I Cuochi Italiani-Heidi H, Kaylynn K, Anna M

Team Tasty-Noelle W, Evalina G, Freedom C

Sweet Cookin'-Grace E, Alaina O, Paige O

Junior Level

Baking Blondies-Bella B, Ella B, Gracyn V

Lucky Lassies and Lads-Kiana F, Annie L, Natalie V

The Three Amigos-Ann L, Sarah M, Ally O

M.E.N. Can Cook-Elena D, Nadia G, Molly W

Senior Level 2012 Winners


Top teams will advance to the final competition to be held on Thursday, August 7 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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