Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service

4-H Food Showdown Offers Fun and Competition to Youth

Youth who would like to refine their cooking skills, express creativity, and compete with chefs their own age are encouraged to participate in the “4-H Food Showdown.”

            On July 17th, all participants will receive basic training, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m., to help them gain knowledge and skills that will help them in the competition. The competition will be held on July 18th; the Junior’s Food Showdown, ages 9-13, will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m.; the Senior’s Food Showdown, ages 14-18, will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

            The “4-H Food Showdown” is hosted by the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service and will be held at the OSU Extension Conference Center located at 2500 N.E. 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73111. The 4-H Food Showdown is open to all youth, ages 9-18, whether they are in 4-H or not.

            During the 4-H Food Showdown, in teams of two or three, youth will create their own unique dishes using the “secret ingredients” which will be revealed right before the start of the competition. Youth will present their finished dish to a panel of judges. Teams will have access to a pantry of food items, spices, and other ingredients to make their dish.

            “It is always interesting to see the variety of recipes and the creativity the kids use to create their dishes,” said Danielle Venable, Oklahoma County 4-H Youth Development Educator.

            Cost of attendance $20 per participant and space is limited.  In order to be considered enrolled you must send payment to OSU Extension Service, 2500 N.E. 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

            For more information about the 4-H Food Showdown or other youth summer camp programs, please visit our website at or feel free to contact our office at 405-713-1125.


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