Linn County resident wins ‘Cook This!’ 4-H Challenge

State fair is over but the results are still pouring in. I came across the following article talking about the “Cook This!” 4-H Challenge and how Linn County resident wins….Very proud!

Twenty-two teams competed in three levels for prize packages and scholarships

Iowa 4-H youth in grades 5-12 had a chance to put their culinary skills to the test, and win some prizes, with Cook This! during the Iowa State Fair. Cook This is a food and nutrition challenge for youth in its second year. The challenge drew 22 teams this year who competed in the event Aug.15-17 in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

In the Intermediate category, first place was awarded to Triple B Country Cooks: Maree Bean, Attylissa Bailey and Sylvia Bain, from Linn, Marion and Monroe counties.

Photo: from left to right- Triple B Country Cooks: Laura Kuennen, Cy Gushiken, Maree Bean, Attylissa Bailey, 2011 Iowa State Fair Queen Paris Schnepf, Sylvia Bain, Scott Hoffman and Lois Carlburg

Teams were divided by age into three levels: junior, intermediate and senior. Teams in each of the three age groups tested their knowledge of food safety, produce, food preparation and presentation, and proper use of kitchen equipment, as well as a new category this year of communicating a food-related topic. In the final part of the challenge, the teams demonstrated their cooking skills as they prepared a particular dish.

The Cook This! Judges included “That Guy Cy,” Cy Gushiken, the owner of Ohana Steakhouse and Cosi Cucina restaurants in Des Moines.

The first-place team in each level will receive a VIP tour of Meredith’s Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen and photo studio. First- and second-place teams received a prize package, and all participants received exclusive Cook This aprons and Dahl’s hats.

Those sponsors include: Dahl’s, Iowa Turkey Federation, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Successful Farming Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen, Iowa 4-H Foundation, ISU Extension, ISU College of Human Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Fareway, Iowa Egg Council, Cookies and Tone’s Spices.

About the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth participates in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames. 4-H is supported by federal, state and county funding, private grants and donations, and fees. For more information about joining 4-H, contact your Iowa State University Extension county office at or visit



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