JIS News

Jamaica 4-H clubbites will vie for honours when they compete in an exciting ‘cook off’ to be held as part of the 2005 Denbigh Agricultural and Industrial Show.
The competition, which will be held on the final day of Denbigh on Monday, August 1, will see 10 clubbites and 4-H leaders displaying their culinary skills as they prepare dishes utilizing local produce. The competition is in keeping with the show’s theme: ‘Grow What We Eat and Eat What We Grow’.
In an interview with JIS News, Home Economics Coordinator for the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Sandra Ramsay, said that the competition was geared towards showcasing the culinary skills of the club members, as well as provide them with the opportunity to compete in a public setting.
The participants, who would be representing the parishes of Clarendon, Portland and St Mary, will be judged on the taste of the dishes, presentation and hygiene and method of preparation.
“They (participants) will take with them a dessert made with local ingredients.but on spot, they will be required to prepare and serve ‘a one course meal’, using local ingredients.and the judges will be making note of the texture, flavour, taste and presentation of the meals in order to ascertain the winners,” she pointed out.
The winner of the competition will walk away with the Jamaica Agricultural Society Trophy and a cash prize of $10,000, while the second place will receive $8,000 along with a trophy. All entrants will receive complimentary baskets and certificates of participation.
The Jamaica 4-H Club now in its 65th year of existence, emphasizes the development of young people between the ages of nine and 25 years old, who are exposed to a variety of projects and programmes including home economics, agriculture and leadership training.