Chantel J. Williams, Gauthier, Ann
Thirty-four Jefferson Parish 4-H members competed in the Annual Commodity Cookery and Ambassador Illustrated Talk Contests held February 19, 2011, at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, Louisiana. These 4-H’ers won the chance to compete at the parish contest because their dish scored at the top of their category at their club contest. Youth prepared the dishes at home the night before, chilled them to refrigerator temperature and transported them on ice in an ice chest to the contest. The judges then heated the dishes as needed. The highest scoring dish in each category is the first place winner. First place medal winners are eligible to compete in the regional contest April 28, 2011, in Houma, Louisiana. Other winners received ribbons according to their overall score. The commodity divisions for the cooking contest are: egg, beef, poultry, seafood and sugar. Several volunteers served as judges for the event. They enjoyed tasting the wonderful array of dishes. Dishes were judged on taste, appearance, recipe format, originality/creativity and dietary guidelines.
The Ambassador Illustrated Talk Contest allowed 4-H’ers to gain public speaking skills. The 4-H’ers designed a 22” X 28” poster and presented a two- to three- minute presentation about their commodity (egg, beef, poultry, seafood or sugar). Topics included: production of the commodity, food preparation and nutritive value of the commodity, best food safety practices, processing of the commodity and marketing of the commodity. These medal winners are eligible to compete in the state competition which will be held Tuesday, April 19, 2011, on the LSU Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Contestants were judged on appearance, visuals, content, presentation and length. The 4-H’ers also had to answer one question from the judges regarding food safety or food preparation.
Egg Division Contest Winners
Egg Cookery Medal Winners: Brynna Robert, Metairie Academy; CheQuayl Byrd and Dominique Reese, Roosevelt Middle School.
Egg Ambassador Medal Winners: Brynna Robert, Metairie Academy; Richard Hood, Word of Life Academy
Other Egg Cookery participants were: Gabrielle Folse and Laura Melancon, Fisher Middle/High School; Kimberly Locantro and Nicole Celestine, Roosevelt Middle School; Cy Salvant, East Bank Home School Club; Helen Stevenson and Katie Maise, Word of Life Academy; Steven Anthony Perez, Live Oak Manor Elementary; and Piper Pendergast, Audubon Elementary.
Seafood Cookery Medal Winners: Blake Champagne, Kerner Elementary; Dani Bean, Laura Melancon and Brittany Landry, Fisher Middle/High School.
Seafood Ambassador Medal Winners: Breanna Sconza, Kerner Elementary; Tiffany Landry and Brittany Landry, Fisher Middle/High School.
Other Seafood Cookery participants were: Kyle Hageman and Joelle Chauhan, East Bank Home School Club; Cian Kelly and Alexis Brown, Solis Elementary; and Haley Wertz, Kerner Elementary.
Beef Division Contest Winners
Beef Cookery Medal Winner: LeAnn Lightell, Fisher Middle/High School.
Beef Ambassador Medal Winners: Leann Lightell, Fisher Middle/High School; Arrash Faili, Word of Life Academy.
Other Beef Cookery participant: Geralyn Ehrlich, Kerner Elementary.
Sugar Division Contest Winners
Sugar Cookery Medal Winners: Haley Wertz and Breanna Sconza, Kerner Elementary; Zoe Leann Ledoux, Audubon Elementary; and Hailey Castiglione, Fisher Middle/High School.
Sugar Ambassador Medal Winners: Breanna Sconza, Kerner Elementary; Hailey Castiglione, Fisher Middle/High School.
Other Sugar Cookery participants: Skylar Fazende and Taylor Genna, Kerner Elementary; Emyia Woods, Audubon Elementary; Samantha Sconza and Dani Bean, Fisher Middle/High School.