The three-day Cook This! Competition will take place on August 8th, 9th, and 10th at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Juniors will compete on August 8th, intermediates on August 9th, and seniors will compete on August 10th. Each age level will prepare a different cuisine, present on a food-related topic, and compete in two additional challenges. Juniors will prepare Creole cuisine and compete in a produce/equipment identification challenge and a vitamins and minerals challenge. Intermediates will prepare Argentinean cuisine and compete in a food safety challenge and answer basic questions about culinary knowledge. Senior-level contestants will prepare French cuisine and compete in an herb identification challenge and a food science challenge.
You might be asking, why do we prepare ethnic cuisines during Cook This? Why not eggs and bacon? Ethnic cuisines are a great way to not only practice your basic culinary skills, but to try new foods too! You learn how to prepare new and interesting foods or recipes that may not familiar to you or your family. It can also be a great way to learn new techniques that you have never tried before in your home kitchen. By preparing ethnic cuisines, you can also learn about other cultures and why they use different methods of cooking and preparation than we do here in Iowa. So, pack your bags and get ready to travel the world, right in your own kitchen!
Check out these links for some information on ethnic cuisines:
Creole cuisine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisiana_Creole_cuisine
Argentinian cuisine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentine_cuisine
French cuisine: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_cuisine