Sunday, August 18, 2019
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4-H CULINARY TEAM STATE CHAMPION—The Montgomery County 4-H Culinary Team traveled to Boone County last Friday to compete in the Kentucky 4-H Culinary Contest. For the third time in the six-year history of the state contest, the team was selected state champions. The four-member team, pictured from left, includes: Cheyenne McCall, Lance Munday, Megan Stinson and Haley Stinson. The team coach, not pictured, is Lee Etta Greer. This is Greer’s third team to win state.
Montgomery County 4-H Culinary Team named state champion
Three district champion teams traveled to northern Kentucky last Friday to compete with one another in the Kentucky 4-H Culinary Challenge. They included Montgomery County, Warren County and Kenton County. The contest truly tested what the teen members of each team had learned regarding food preparation and nutrition. 

The winning team was Montgomery County, making it a three-time winner of the contest, which was first held in 2014. The team was coached by Lee Etta Greer. The members included Cheyenne McCall, Lance Munday, Megan Stinson and Haley Stinson.

At the contest, the teams consisting of two to four members were challenged to create a dish using three secret ingredients, supplemented with items from the food pantry that all the teams can use. They relied on the skills they have learned rather than a common recipe. Teams present their creation to the judges, explain their decisions, the preparation skills involved, talk about the nutritive value of the food on the plate and determine the number of servings from the food groups included.

Their winning dish was a balsamic pasta salad with watermelon lemonade.

In preparation for the contest, young people practice and compete in district competitions across the state. Montgomery County won the District 1 contest over Pike County in May.

Each team member gains skills that will last a lifetime from competing in the event. These include:
• Increasing their knowledge of food and nutrition
• Mastering food preparation and kitchen safety skills
• Using creativity when preparing, combining and presenting food.
• Incorporating fruits and vegetables and Kentucky products in meals
• Applying nutrition principles to real-life meal planning
• Learning from each other and experienced mentors
• Developing real-world leadership skills in working as a team
• Increasing their skill in public speaking.

Montgomery County will now advance onto the National 4-H Food Challenge in Dallas, Texas, in early October representing Kentucky. They will also compete in Louisville Aug. 21 in the Jr. Chef competition.

Aug. 8—State Fair 4-H Project Entries due to Montgomery County Extension Office
Aug. 15-25—Kentucky State Fair.

Four-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. For information, contact me at the Montgomery County Extension Office at 498-8741 or via electronic mail at You can also visit our website at

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