Currituck 4-H Hosts Event for Youth “Top Chefs”

— Written By and last updated by Donna Keene

Twelve children participated in Currituck County 4-H’s Inaugural Cooking Show which was held on October 9 at the Currituck County Center of N.C. Cooperative Extension building. The children created a variety of delicious dishes including deserts, main dishes, and soups.

Students exhibited their tasty dishes before a panel of judges with experience in the foods industry. Students were judged on setup of exhibit space; creativity and originality of recipe; taste and appearance of the finished product; and how they answered questions.

According to experts, cooking with kids is one of the most valuable family activities you can engage in together. Here’s why: Cooking brings families together, Cooking with kids builds self-esteem, Cooking teaches kids reading skills, Cooking teaches kids math skills; Cooking with kids teaches them chemistry skills, Kids who cook tend to eat more fruits and vegetables, When kids cook, they learn about the origins of foods, Cooking teaches kids about different cultures, Cooking with kids gives them important life long skills, and Cooking makes kids more willing to try new foods.

Children participating included:

5-8 Year Olds:
Rhiannon Garcia- Vegan Peanut Butter Pie (Blue Ribbon)
Brady Hill-Seafood Bisque (Blue Ribbon)
Bradford Lawlor-Strawberry Spinach Salad (Blue Ribbon)
Lily Lawlor-Cabbage Apple Salad (Blue Ribbon)
Cayden Lowe-Breakfast Tortillas (Blue Ribbon)

9-10 Year Olds
Ashton Lowe-Strawberry Brownies (First Place)
Abbigail Owens-Abbigail’s Italian Dream (Second Place)

11-12 Year Olds
Noah Crawford-Crancherry Dessert and Low-Cal Strawberry Peach Eggnog (Second Place)
Zechariah Crawford-Pecan Crusted Mozzarella Salad with Cheddar Potato Puffs (Third Place)
Cody Kirnan-Cody’s Meatloaf (Third Place)
Alexis Berg-Chicken Pot Pie (First Place)

13-18 Year Olds:
Aaron Berg-Italian Honey Soup and Stuffed Caramel Apples (First Place)

For more information on getting kids involved in cooking and other educational projects and events, contact Ellen Owens, 4-H Agent, 232-2262.


Front Row, left to right: Noah Crawford, Cayden Lowe, Cody Kirnan, Brady Hill, Bradford Lawlor and Lily Lawlor

Back Row, left to right: Ashton Lowe, Aaron Berg, Alexis Berg, Zechariah Crawford, Rhiannon Garcia, and Abbigail Owens