The Van Zandt County 4-H Food Challenge winners advance to district

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4-H Food Challenges teams met at the Texas A&M AgriLife Office in Canton in mid-February to demonstrate their skills to a panel of three judges. 

The two teams were given two separate bags of ingredients and asked to create their own signature dishes.

Teams were given 40 minutes to prepare a dish using the ingredients they were given.  One team received the ingredients to make a skillet lasagna which included Italian sausage. The other team was given the ingredients for a vegetable chicken stir fry.

Van Zandt County Extension Agent Melisa Rhodes said that she attempts “to select recipes that will challenge the young chefs to think outside the box in order to assist them when they compete at the next level.  

“We are truly blessed with some outstanding young people who

demonstrate advanced culinary skills that can be compared to many adult chefs.” 

Once the teams finished preparing their dishes they plated and garnished them before presenting the culinary creation to the panel of judges.

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