4-Hers place third at National Food Challenge
A team of Gillespie County 4-Hers finished third at the National Food Challenge competition held at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas on Oct. 3.
Team members included Daylon Nebgen, Anna O’Leary and Harrison Spisak.
More than 120,000 youth in Texas participate in the 4-H Food and Nutrition Project, learning how to prepare nutritious and safe meals and snacks and adopt behaviors that can help reduce their risk for chronic disease, explained Gillespie County Extension Agent Shea Nebgen.
For the Food Challenge contest, teams of 4-Hers create a dish using only a predetermined set of ingredients.
From these ingredients, team members must identify and prepare the dish, and then give a presentation about it to the judges.
The presentation includes information on the preparation steps of the dish as well as the cost, nutrition, My Plate, food safety and substitutions that can be made in the dish, Nebgen explained.
The Gillespie County team earned the right to advance to the national level after finishing first in the county contest last October and the district competition in December.
At the state competition in June, they won first in their category of fruits and vegetables and placed third in the final challenge which allowed them to advance to the national contest.
“The objectives of this program are to promote teamwork, provide opportunities to exhibit their knowledge and skill when preparing and presenting a dish, give participants opportunities for public speaking and provide leadership opportunities,” Nebgen said.