After some stiff competition, one 4-H Food Challenge team is going to the state contest taking place in College Station in June.
Several kids made it to the District Food Challenge and Food Show competition that was held Wednesday in Belton.
The senior team — Megan McKeehan, Callie Wells, Erin Miller and Addison Havens — also known as the “Camo Cooks” won first place in their food challenge category of nutritious snacks.
“This team has competed six years together and has waited on the opportunity to be classified as seniors in order to qualify for this competition,” said Erath Extension Agent Donna White.
Junior team “Colorful Cooks” — Meg McGregor, Marin Copeland, Kamryn Coffee, Hannah Herrera and Caroline Baughn — placed first in their category and won the Team Spirit Award.
First year team “Cooking Stars” — Kenley Pack, Carlie Cole, Piper Baskett and Sophie Slawson — placed second in their category.
Senior team “Cheerful Cooks” — Monica Swift, Jessica Castanuela and Summer Ransbottom — also competed at the District contest.
“The Food Challenge is a team challenge of about three to five members and the kids have to brainstorm and think creatively because they’re just given ingredients on a table without a recipe,” White said.
Aidyn McKeehan won third place in the dairy division; Corbin Powell won third place in the fruits and vegetables division; and Hadley Dorris participated in the grains division.
“The Food Show is an individual competition where the kids prepare their dish at home and bring it up and present it to the judges,” White said. “We are so proud of every participant and the work and effort they put into this project. Not only did they learn cooking and nutrition information, but they learned life skills of public speaking and interview skills they will use the rest of their life.”