-KH News Desk
The 4-H culinary contest returned for its 10th year at the Nebraska State Fair. This time, wheat was the featured ingredient.It had to be used in a way that made the product the top ingredient of their dish. Each team is required to provide a full breakdown of their dish, ranging from nutrition facts, of the cost of making their dish and the time taken to make it.Henkel is aneight-year veteran in the competition and said she enjoyed the challenge of making a dish based on wheat. She also shared her concerns of the future of 4-H and its lack of youth in the program.She says that getting kids involved in the 4-H journey helps them to get to use technology, cooking and knowing how to do table settings. She also detailed how most 4-H clubs don’t have a culinary competition at the local level.
“Our county, personally, has wanted to do a workshop with it,” she noted. “Just getting that planned out and to show it’s a fun project to be a part of and keep the younger kids more interested in it.”
Henkel suggested that counties should conduct workshops to introduce the youth to the programs it has offer to ultimately increase interest in those age groups.