4-Hers use locally grown ingredients in cooking contest

Photos courtesy of Orleans County 4-H program: Adele Mathes, 8, of Barre prepares Cheesecake Tarts featuring cream cheese, milk and cherries. Adele took 2nd place in the Jr. Novice Division.

Posted 11 December 2019 at 10:03 am

Press Release, Orleans County 4-H program

Tresza Vinca, 10, of Holley prepares Sausage Hotpot, a recipe featuring apples, pork, carrots, bacon and tomatoes grown and produced in New York.

KNOWLESVILLE – Members of the Orleans County 4-H program gathered at the Trolley Building on the 4-H Fairgrounds last month for the annual Produced in New York Silent Cooking Competition.

The event challenges youth, ages 5-19, to develop recipes featuring products grown or produced in New York State which taste great and are also sources of good nutrition.

This year, there were 17 local 4-Hers in the contest. The participants are evaluated on their demonstration skills which include an orderly plan of work, correct use of equipment and food safety, as well as the taste and appearance of the final product. Those in attendance are able to sample recipes which are made the day of the event.

“Produced in New York is a demanding competition,” said Kristina Gabalski, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Program Coordinator. “Youth must complete a menu plan with their recipe that includes a balanced menu and a complete and accurate nutrient list.”

Winners in the Junior Novice Division were Sophie Kroening, 1st place; Adele Mathes, 2nd place; Olivia Mathes, 3rd place.

In the Junior Division – Jackson McGrath, 1st place; Makenzie McGrath, 2nd place; and Shania Mathes, 3rd place.

In the Senior Division – Ariel Vinca, 1st place; Ella Dahlhaus, 2nd place; and Lillian Mathes, 3rd place.

Participants with the highest scores are eligible to prepare their recipes in the 4-H Youth Building during the 2020 New York State Fair in Syracuse next August.

Makenzie McGrath, 12, of Medina received 2nd place in the Junior Division for her Creamy Pumpkin Cheesecake.  Her recipe featured pumpkin, eggs, cream cheese and butter.

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