AMES, Iowa – It’s going to heat up at the Iowa State Fair this summer and it’s not only the weather. Twenty-two teams of Iowa teens will compete in the 2012 “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge Aug. 12-14.
Each team consists of three youth and at least one member must be in 4-H. The teams will compete in three age brackets. The junior level competition takes place Aug. 12 beginning at 10:30 a.m., the intermediate level Aug. 13 and the senior level competition Aug. 14. The intermediate and senior competitions begin at 10 a.m. All events will occur in the 4-H Exhibits Building.
Teams will demonstrate their knowledge of various kitchen items, from food to equipment, and show off their creativity in food preparation. The College of Human Sciences and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will provide $500 Iowa State University scholarships to the members of the winning senior team. Sponsors for the challenge include the Iowa Beef Industry Council, the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Turkey Federation. Dahl’s Foods is an in-kind sponsor, providing all produce for the challenges.
First place winners of all levels will receive a VIP tour of Meredith Corporation’s test kitchen in Des Moines. First place senior level teams will participate in a photo shoot and have their recipe in Successful Farming magazine.
Youth ages 9-18 from all across the state will compete including the following teams.
Junior Teams (5th and 6th graders)
Intermediate Teams (7th and 8th graders)
Senior Teams (9th through 12th graders)
The public is encouraged to watch and cheer on the competing teams.