GLEN ROSE — Two teams and five individuals will be advancing to district competition after award-winning showings at the Somervell County Food Show & Food Challenge held at the Expo Center in mid-November.

“The Food Show and Food Challenge are designed to teach kids how to prepare nutritious, safe dishes and adopt behaviors that can help reduce their risk of disease,” said Somervell County AgriLife Extension agent Ellerie Jackson.

In the food challenge, the participants were given a set of ingredients and no receipt, and they were given 40 minutes to prepare a dish, a presentation and clean up their work stations.

For the dish, they were given chicken, chili powder, salt, Velveeta, pasta, red bell pepper, orange bell pepper and onion.

The team of Pink Food Mingo’s (Kali Paxton, Caitlyn Frush, Kinley Reynolds and coach Pam Reynolds) took first place, while the team of Tiger 44’s (Kennedy Graue, Sophia Veno, Charlie Outen, Cadey Mikulenka and coach Shannon Outen) placed second.

Pink Food Mingo’s also received the Team Spirit Award where teams were  judged based on communication, teamwork, enthusiasm and professional appearance, Jackson said. 

Both teams earned a spot in The District Food Show and Food Challenge Contest on Dec. 12 at the Bell County Expo Center.

“These 4-Hers have become skilled chefs and nutritionists throughout this project,” Jackson said. “Most of all, I am proud of these 4-H members for their ability to recognize healthy nutritious foods and to be able to create healthy nutritious foods. This is a skill they will be able to use throughout life and share with others.”

On the individual Food Show Junior division, Veno (Bread & Cereal), Sidny Hardcastle (Main Dish) and Cadey Mikulenka (Nutritious Snack) earned a bid to the district competition, while in the Intermediate division Payton Alexander (Main Dish), and in the Senior division, Kate Reedy (Main Dish) earned a spot for the district event.

“I am excited to see how each one of these Somervell County 4-H members does at the district contest,” Jackson said. “I know they will do great and make Somervell County very proud.”

Also, Reagan Stegemoller and Jayde Umphress were second and third, respectively, in the Main Dish Junior division.