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LD Chefs Advance to District

4H Food Challenge The Denton County 4-H Food Challenge contest was held at Lake Dallas Middle School on Saturday, December 1. Ten junior teams competed in two categories vying to advance to the District Food Challenge in March. All of the Lake Dallas ISD teams placed with their culinary creations, and three teams advanced.

The Spice Girls from Lake Dallas Middle School cooked up a winner with team members Charlotte Murray (6th), Jordan Cruz(6th) and Madi Callahan(8th). The Cooking Queens, the 5th grade girls team from Corinth Elementary placed 1st in their category. Team members are Hailey Dodson, Kennedy Ray, Kelly Shin, Ashlyn Staubus. Their winning dish was a Pepperoni flower made of eggs, milk, pepperoni, onion, cheese, hash browns, salt and pepper.

2nd Place and also advancing to District are the Crazy Cooks. This Corinth Elementary team of 3rd and 4th graders include Hailey Garcia (4th ), Emalee Joplin (3rd), Foster Medley (4th) and Annabelle Murray (3rd).

Teams from Corinth Elementary that also placed in their categories include the Four Clovers team of Aseel  Alkhmis (4th), Aubrey Caldwell (4th), Aiden Park (5th) and Scott Ward (3rd) who received 4th place. The Cooking Critics team of Camila Cruz (4th), Tristan Pourbahrami (4th), Andy Shin (3rd) and Britton Veneble (4th) received 5th place. And the Choppers received 5th place with team members Daniella Anaya (3rd), Ethan Butler (5th) and Ronaldo Rodriguez (4th).

In the state of Texas, more than 100,000 youth participate in the 4-H Food & Nutrition Project, learning how to prepare nutritious and safe meals and snacks and adopt behaviors that can help reduce their risk for chronic disease. The Texas 4-H Food Challenge contest tasks teams of 3-4 4-H members to create a dish in 40 minutes using only a predetermined set of ingredients. From these ingredients, team members must identify and prepare the dish, then make a presentation about it to the judges. Judges not only taste the food entries, they also interview the teams and evaluate them on their knowledge as well as their effectiveness of communication.

The Spice Girls, Cooking Queens and Crazy Cooks teams now qualify to represent LDISD and Denton County 4-H at the district level on March 22 in Dallas.

Spice Girls

Spice Girls: Charlotte Murray, Jordan Cruz and Madi Callahan

Cooking Queens

Cooking Queens: Kennedy Ray, Kelly Shin, Ashlyn Staubus, Hailey Dodson

Crazy Cooks

Crazy Cooks: Annabell Murray, Emalee Joplin, Foster Medley, Hailey Garcia

Four Clovers

Four Clovers: Aseel Alkhmis, Scott Ward, Aubrey Caldwell, Aiden Park


Choppers: Ethan Butler, Ronaldo Rodriquez and Daniella Anaya