By: Whitney Morrow
Carter County Extension Agent
Sauté, dice, chop, roast, and fold! These are all cooking techniques Carter County youth learned through the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service’s Super Star Chef camp in Carter County this summer.
During the camp, 20 youth ages 9 to 12 gained hands-on cooking experience and were introduced to new foods and recipes as they prepared healthy dishes like Fiesta Salsa, Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits, Easy Whole-Wheat Pizza, and Carrot Muffins. Knife skills, measuring, kitchen safety, nutrition, and reading food labels are just a few of the topics they mastered! We also made time for plenty of physical activity. Participants were encouraged to sample all the recipes they prepared and to continue using their new cooking skills at home.
“When students have the opportunity to try fresh fruits and vegetables in new ways and participate in the cooking process, they are more likely to try it and enjoy healthy foods,” said Marisa Aull, director of the Kentucky Nutrition Education Program.
The program was taught by Carter County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Whitney Morrow and Carter County 4-H Agent Rebecca Hayes. We would like to especially thank our volunteers Melanie Franks, Sue Tackett, Harley Justice, and Jacob Holbrook. This program would not be possible without the support of all the Carter County Extension office team, volunteers, and parents!
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, through its land-grant mission, reaches across the commonwealth with teaching, research and extension to enhance the lives of Kentuckians.