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Extension Hosts “Chopped” Style Cooking Challenge for Montgomery County Youth
August 23, 2016
HILLSBORO, IL - On August 11 at the Montgomery County Extension office in Hillsboro the University of Illinois Extension hosted a cooking challenge for 20 area youth. The cooking challenge was inspired by the T.V. show “Chopped”. Youth were separated into teams and had to create their own original dish using two key mystery ingredients, which were tortillas and cream cheese. A variety of additional ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, and sliced meats were also available for the teams to incorporate into their original recipe. Teams had 45 minutes to develop a recipe and prepare their dish.
Participants were judged on if they incorporated USDA’s MyPlate into their recipe, taste, appearance, creativity, and how well they could explain their dish to the judges. The winning team was the “Glitter Chefs” whose members were Ava Reif, Hilary Antonacci, Anna Jones, and Kasandra Reif. Judges for the event were Jodi Heberling, Community Worker, INEP Illinois Nutrition Education Program SNAP-ED in Christian County, and Will Shalter, Extension Community and Economic Development Program Coordinator.
All youth who participated this summer in the Jr. Chef cooking camps in Nokomis, Raymond, and Hillsboro were invited to participate. Each youth left with a recipe box and recipes, as well as an Extension backpack with pencils, a rubber spatula, and 4-H literature inside. Each member of the winning team also received an Extension cutting board and a Jr Chef apron.
Cooking challenge participants included: Chloe Martincic, Gabby Groom, Lexi Downey, Jesse Balla, Ryder Hoover, Jahna Ginn, Anna Jones, Ella Greenwood, Amya Greenwood, Kasandra Reif, Hilary Antonacci, Audrey Germann, Gabrielle Vallelonga, Noah Vallelonga, Emma Shirk, Avery Batty, Aubrey Reincke, Madelyn Reincke, Chloe Flowers, and Maliah Harris.
The “Illinois Jr Chef” cooking camps were sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 in cooperation with SNAP ED, and 4-H. The free camps were open to children between the ages of 8-12 years. The camps offered kids the opportunity to make their own nutritious meals and get excited about healthy foods like whole grains, low fat dairy and also how to add more fruits and vegetables to their meals. Participants not only learned how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals, but also hand washing and sanitation practices, as well as food and kitchen safety.
The cooking challenge was coordinated by Lisa Peterson, Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator. The program was made possible through a partnership with University of Illinois Extension, SNAP ED, and 4-H. University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm or contact your local Extension office.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.
Photo Caption:(Left to Right) Ava Reif, Hilary Antonacci, Anna Jones, and Kasandra Reif, from team “Glitter Chefs”, are the Montgomery County Cooking Challenge winners.
Local Contact: Lisa Peterson, Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness, firstname.lastname@example.org