By Marj Frew
Taking a lead from the popular cooking show, Master Chef, the Bennett County 4-H Special Foods Contest has a brand new theme this year.
Bennett County 4-H Master Chef
Participants, or rather, “Contestants,” will be challenged to create a culinary masterpiece worthy of world acclaim on Wednesday, July 17, in the Catholic Church kitchen, in Martin.
The fun part of this contest will be the Secret Ingredient which will be required for one of the older categories. This will lend an element of surprise and fun to the contest.
All contestants must complete preregistration by Thursday, July 11, at the 4-H Office in the Courthouse.
Divisions for age groups will be similar as in the past. The youngest kitchen masters will be the Cloverbuds and Beginners, who will be placed in the Smoothie Division. This is for ages five through ten. The contestant must be enrolled in 2018-2019 4-H or Kids in the Kitchen in Bennett County.
The young contestants will prepare a smoothie of their choice for the judge within a 30 minute time frame, which will serve four or more.
Pick a Secret Ingredient List Division
Contestants in this fun category must be a beginner, junior, or senior in 2018-2019 Bennett County 4-H. An ingredient list will be available, and required to be picked up, from June 24 through July 11.
At the contest, each participant will be given three secret ingredients they will need to incorporate into a dish. These secret ingredients will be from different food categories.
A dish which serves four or more must be completed within a one hour time frame.
Partner Cooking Division
This category is open to beginner, junior, or senior members as well. Partners must work together to make a dish, with the theme being “Pasta!” Judges will be watching for teamwork, cooperation and participation in both contestants.
This category has a one hour and 15 minute time limit to complete a dish that serves four or more.
Contestants in each category will be judged on presentation, preparation, taste, recipe and knowledge of their dish; its contents and preparation. Each contestant will be interviewed informally by the judge during the contest.
All recipes must be completed during the appropriate time frame, and serve four. Spectators and the judge will be sampling. Presentation of the completed dish will also be considered.
Since this is the first year this format is being used, a few rules and challenges might change. If this happens, it will be communicated by the 4-H office.
Stop by Mary Kay Sell’s office in the courthouse to pick up your entry form and to see the complete set of rules.