4-H Junior Iron Chef

About the Contest: 4-H Junior Iron Chef is a team contest showcasing youth’s culinary and nutritional skills. It is similar to the TV show, “Chopped,” where teams are given a “mystery” ingredient and one hour to create a healthy dish utilizing the mystery ingredient plus a community “pantry” of shared ingredients. Youth are judged in five different categories: taste, presentation, healthy choices, floor skills, and an oral presentation to the judges. This year’s contest will be held on Saturday May 5, 2018 from 10:00am-1:00pm. More details to come. Registration for the contest will be coming soon.

*NEW* 4-H Junior Iron Chef Club:New this year, 4-H is offering a five-week Junior Iron Chef club open to all Junior Iron Chef teams who may or may not have previously competed at a Junior Iron Chef contest. The purpose of this program is to teach valuable culinary and nutritional skills, which are the focus of the Junior Iron Chef contest, in order to prepare participants. At each session, we will focus on one particular part of the contest rubric: safety/floor skills, equipment, healthy choices/taste, plating/garnishing, and an oral presentation. This program will be held on Thursdays at our office from 5:00-7:00 PM. The dates are March 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 12, 2018. The cost to sign up for this program is $10 per team and registration is REQUIRED. It is also recommended that the team’s coach be present as well. Equipment, gloves, hairnets, and ingredients will be provided. Teams may opt to wear matching aprons, T-shirts, chef’s hats, baseball hats, etc., but this is not required.

Who can participate: All Jefferson County 4-H Junior Iron Chef events are open to middle and high school youth ages 12-18. Youth must be part of a team. A team consists of 3-5 youth between these ages plus one adult coach (aged 18 or older). Coaches could be parents, guardians, teachers, older siblings, etc., and are there to help monitor kitchen and food safety, but are not allowed to aid the team by cooking or giving oral directions. There is no middle or high school age division so participants may have mixed ages on their teams. No team? No problem! Sign up to attend as an individual, and we will create a team from all individual sign-ups received.

*Please see the note on your right about enrolling in 4-H.*


Kaci Evans
4-H Youth Development Educator

Last updated November 6, 2017