NEWBERRY — 4-Hers from around the Midlands traveled to Newberry earlier this month to compete in the Regional 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Competition.
The event, modeled after the Food Network’s Iron Chef and Chopped, challenged teams of 4-H members to create an assigned dish. Teams, consisting of three to four youth in the same age division, had to prepare a dish, make a visual presentation, interpret a food label, plan a balanced meal utilizing the dish, and prepare a fitness plan in just one hour.
The concluding five-minute presentation had to include information about the serving size, nutritional values, how to utilize the dish in a meal, and cost of the dish.
At the regional event held Aug. 8, nine teams representing four counties battled it out over Carrot and Raisin Salad, Ham and Vegetable Chowder, and Black Beans and Sausage.
When the steam rose and the crumbs settled, Saluda won the Cloverleaf Division (grades 4-5), Newberry won the Junior Division (grades 6-8), and Saluda won the Senior Division (grades 9-12). The top two teams in each age division will compete at the State Competition, held at the SC State Fair on 4-H Day on Oct. 11. The winning Senior team will have the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to represent South Carolina in the National Seafood Competition.