Submission Dates for our 2023-2024 Culinary Contests:

General Info on How Ascension’s Culinary Contests Work

First things first, why do we have these cooking contests? Well, these contests are intended to help our 4-H members grow in their cooking experiences and skill level while enjoying quality time spent with their families who assist them in their cooking activities.

These contests are held on the parish level first. Still, if the 4-H member is the overall highest point-scoring member of the category they compete in, they will be invited to attend our Regional Culinary Arts contest in May in Ponchatoula, LA.

Here in Ascension parish, we conduct our contests in a way we hope makes it easier for our families to participate not only in each of the 7 cookery contests we offer but in the multiple categories that each contest has if they so choose.

The following are our judging procedures for the 23-24 contest year:

  • The cookery contests returned to the traditional format where 1-2 servings of the finished dish will be dropped off at the 4-H office for our judges to taste. We also added two bonus features for the kiddos to earn extra points for submitting pictures and a summary of their cooking process and experience. Our contests have been revamped over the summer and our guidelines have changed so please pay close attention to the adjustments! We are super excited to offer these cooking opportunities for our 4-H members. If you have specific questions pertaining to a cookery contest please email Mrs. Stephanie at or call the office at 225-621-5799

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