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Georgia 4-H Food Challenge Teams Excel at National 4-H Food Challenge Contest
Submitted by: Cheryl Varnadoe

The Georgia 4-H Food Challenge first and second place winning teams earned third and fourth place honors respecitvely at the National 4-H Food Challenge Contest held recently in Dallas, Texas. 

Paulding County was named the State winner in the project and received third place honors at the national event in a field of twelve teams from all over the nation. Team members were Erin Gilroy, Kinsey Hamlin, Rhiannon Perrien, Samantha Reynolds and Madison Thomason. Team Coaches were Kathleen Gilroy and Brittani Kelley. 

The second place Georgia state team earned fourth place honors at the National 4-H Food Challenge. Team members were Katie Fenno, Amari McDonald and Anna Morris. Team Coach was volunteer, Martha Morris. 

The 4-H Food Challenge is a “highly charged” foods experience. This contest, modeled after such competitions as the Food Network's “Iron Chef,” challenges teams of 4-H members to create a dish using only a pre-determined number of ingredients. From these ingredients, team members must identify and prepare the dish, then make a presentation about it to the judges. The presentation includes information about the serving size, nutritional value, and cost of the dish. The 4-H Food Challenge allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills to judges and observers.

Congratulations to all these Food Challenge champions and their counties!


The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.