October 13, 2017

(L TO R) Morgan Crawford, Alexis Meador and chelsea Crawford with their award winning recipe

The first ever NM State 4-H Food Challenge was held September 16, 2017 at the 4-H Youth Hall on the NM State Fairgrounds in Albuquerque. The contest was modeled after "chopped" type television competitions by State 4-H Specialists and County Extension Agents in Texas and Oklahoma. The NM State 4-H Office conducted the event for novice, junior and senior age teams from throughout the state. Nine teams from five counties had 40 minutes to utilize common pantry ingredients and three to five "secret ingredients" to create a dish to be presented to a panel of judges. Team members used their food and nutrition knowledge, creativity, time management and public speaking skills to present information about the serving size, cost per serving, nutritional value, food safety practices and the preparation of the dish. After their five-minute presentations, the teams answered questions posed by the judges.

San Juan County senior age 4-H members, Alexis Meador (Bloomfield) and sisters Chelsea and Morgan Crawford (Aztec), came away with first place honors for their "Chocolate Chili Steak Fajitas," which included four secret ingredients – rib eye steak, garlic, pistachios, and chocolate. The team received monogrammed aprons, engraved medallions and the opportunity to represent New Mexico at the 2018 National 4-H Food Challenge in Dallas, Texas.

Sponsors for the event were the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, the New Mexico State University Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) Department, and the New Mexico State 4-H Youth Development Program.

For information about 4-H contest opportunities and/or joining a San Juan County 4-H Club, contact the San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service at 505-334-9496. NMSU is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer and educator. NMSU and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating.


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