4-H offers a variety of projects in food preparation for guys and girls of all ages.  Join Super Star Chef in the kitchen to learn basic cooking and baking skills or on a trip to Farmers Market to learn more about fruits and vegetables.  Do you realize that a kitchen is a terrific science lab?  Learn healthy food selection, food safety and smart food purchasing as you cook in the kitchen.  Go from preparing a single dish to an entire meal.  Explore how food customs vary around the world.  Take a look at careers in the food industry. 

“Super-sized” fast food may sound like a treat but is it what’s best for your body…really?   The old saying, “You are what you eat,” is true!  Make healthy food choices and you’re on your way to a healthier life.  You’ll learn what to eat, how much is an appropriate serving size, how to read the label, and the importance of a balanced meal plan and physical activity.  

To get a project booklet and see if there are 4-H Clubs near you, contact you county’s Extension agent for 4-H.  Click here to contact your agent.

 

Resources for Youth

  

Related 4-H Events & Activities

4-H Culinary Challenge:  Are you interested in participating in a cooking event similar to the popular shows on television?  Counties are having local and district events to select a team to represent the district at the Kentucky 4-H Culinary Challenge in June.  Ask your 4-H agent what's cooking in your county!   More...Kentucky 4-H Culinary Challenge 

   

County Fair or 4-H Exhibit Day: 4-H members like to exhibit food products in the county fair or 4-H exhibit day.  Judges compare the quality of the member's entry against a list of standards of a good product.  A few entries from the county which meet or exceed the standards may be selected to represent the county in the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. 

Here's helpful information...

As you learn to cook, compare what you make to the "standards" for that item.

 Check out these helpful resources on cookiesbread machine baking, quick breads, pies, cakes, yeast bread, and preserved foods

    

Speech or Demonstration Competition: Would like to present a speech related to nutrition such as food safety or world hunger?  Or maybe you would like to demonstrate knife skills or making your favorite dish.  Most county 4-H programs host communications competition sometime during the year. Contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H youth development for more information on county opportunities.

   

Achievement Program: Youth who are actively involved in 4-H are often tapped to serve in leadership roles.  If leadership or service to others is your thing, ask your county's 4-H agent about 4-H Achievement.

  
If you are considering a future career in family and consumer sciences, check out what's happening in UK's School of Human Environmental Sciences.

  

To learn what's happening in 4-H in your county, contact your county's Extension Agent for 4-H youth development.


  

Resources for 4-H Volunteers
  • 4-H Cooking Helper's Guide (link): for volunteers working with a 4-H club or group of youth ages 9-18; Source: 4-H Mall.
  • Super Star Chef Series: for volunteers working with a 4-H club or group of youth ages 9-18; Source: Kentucky Cooperative Extension.  Contact your 4-H agent for the curriculum.
        • Super Star Chef (Basic Food Preparation Skills)
        • Super Star Chef Goes to Farmers Market
        • Super Star Chef Kneads a Little Dough
  • Teen Cuisine Leader's Guide: for volunteers working with a group of youth in grades 6-12; Source: Virginia Cooperative Extension/Virginia Tech.  Contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H yd.
  • Put It Up!--Food Preservation for Youth: for volunteers working with a group of youth, ages 9-18; Source: National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation, University of Georgia.  Contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H yd.
  • Exploring MyPlate with Professor Popcorn: for volunteers working with a group or classroom of youth in grades 1-6; Source: Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H yd.
  • Kentucky Farm 2 School (pub): for volunteers working with a school classroom, 4-H club or group of youth; Source: Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
  • What's on Your Plate? Facilitator's Guide: for volunteers working with a group of youth, middle and high school age; Source: 4-H Mall 
        • Unit 1: The Secrets of Baking
        • Unit 2: The Power of Protein Chemistry
        • Unit 3: The Inner Mysteries of Fruits & Vegetables
        • Unit 4: Be a Food Scientist
  • Wellness in Kentucky: for volunteers working with a school classroom, 4-H club or group of youth, ages 10-13; Source: Kentucky Cooperative Extension. Contact your county's Extension agent for 4-H yd.

  
State Contact: Sandra Bastin, Extension Professor, 203A Funkhouser Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546; Phone: 859-257-3800; Fax: 859-257-3707; Email: sandra.bastin@uky.edu