4-H Chopped Cooking Contest

Kristin Hughes was the second-place winner at the 2017 4-H Chopped Cooking Contest sponsored by the Kitchen Phanatics 4-H Club.

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The Kitchen Phanatics 4-H Club will host the 4-H Chopped Cooking Contest Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Erma Volunteer Fire House, 415 Breakwater Road at the Cape May County Airport.

The event is open to registered 4-H members in Cape May County who are in the fourth grade or older.

Contestants will have two hours for food prep and cooking and will be judged on three criteria: creating a table setting, displaying a menu for one meal, and preparing one dish from their menu.

The twist to the contest is that all prepared dishes must include apples, regardless of whether the recipe is intended for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. Contestants are required to bring all items needed for prep, cooking and serving, as well as all items for their table setting.

Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in junior and senior divisions. A 4-H Chopped workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 in the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center on the 4-H Fairgrounds to help contestants prepare.

The 4-H Cooking Contest is an example of the learn-by-doing approach that the 4-H youth development program teaches, said Linda Horner, 4-H program coordinator.

“The 4-H youth development program is all about youth developing skills and self-confidence through the exploration of something that interests them under the guidance of a caring adult,” she said. “This contest is a perfect example of that.”

Registration required. For information call 609-465-5115, ext. 3605 or email linda.horner@co.cape-may.nj.us.

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