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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2013 Cook This! Winners

Senior Level-The Three L's
Lauren M.
Leah M.
Landra R.

From Boone and Marshall Counties

Intermediate Level-Kitchen Heat
Lucas H.
Leonara J.
Hannah M.

From Warren County

Junior Level-Cookin' Crusaders
Jessica K.
Anna P.
Lauren S.


Senior Level 2012 Winners


This event will be held at the Iowa State Fair on August 8-10, 2013.  With the abundance of teams we received, the challenge was expanded to accomodate.


4-H Exhibit Building, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

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.

Applications are now open.

Schedule of Events for 2013 Challenge

Teams cancelling after July 15th will be charged a $50 fee.

The ChallengesJunior Level Challenge

2013 Cook This Challenge Packet (pdf)

Food Safety


Contact Cayla Taylor at


Thank you to our 2013 sponsors!

Iowa Beef Industry Council - $1,000

Iowa Pork Producers Association - $1,000

Iowa Turkey Federation - $1,000

Fareway - in-kind donation

Iowa Egg Council - in-kind donation, fuel and burners

Successful Farming Magazine - Grand Prize awards, in-kind

Iowa 4-H Foundation - prize donation

North Central Cheese Industries Association - $250

Maytag Dairy Farms - $250, prize donation

C&H Sugar - in-kind donation

Two Chicks From the Sticks - prize donation

Our Iowa Magazine - prize donation

Iowa State University College of Human Sciences - scholarship donation

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

Cookies Food Products - prize donation

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