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Three Maui County youths are among winners in statewide cooking contest

Sophia Kato of Maui was the winner in the middle school category of the statewide 2020 4-H GET Local Virtual Cooking Contest. She entered a recipe for mango salsa.

Sophia Kato of Maui was the winner in the middle school category of the statewide 2020 4-H GET Local Virtual Cooking Contest. She entered a recipe for mango salsa. Runners up from Maui County in the same category are Prince Baltero (Lanai) for his banana blossoms fishballs, and Ramsey Hillen (Maui) for his Hawaiian style poke and steamed kalo.

Youth ages 12-18 throughout the state were eligible to participate in the challenge. Both 4-H club members and nonmembers submitted videos in the middle and high school categories.

The contest was a collaboration between the University of Hawaii’s College of Agriculture and Human Resources 4-H Youth Development and GET Local Healthy Food Systems programs.

The challenge was to create a video featuring a local commodity (plant or animal) and to demonstrate via recording the successful completion of a healthful recipe and submit a photo of the finished dish.

As part of the challenge, youth learned about food safety, cooking, nutrition and presentation skills.

Mango salsa was the winning recipe in the middle school category. It was entered by Sophia Kato. Youth ages 12-18 throughout the state were eligible to participate in the challenge.

The winners will receive a cash prize provided by The Ardis Tanaka Foods and Nutrition Project and a culinary knife set. Runners up will receive a knife set.

In addition to the prizes, U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono shared her own local recipe for kimchi that she uses while in Washington, D.C.

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