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Sevier County 4-H'er Wins Youth Cornbread Cookoff

Fourth grade 4-H Club \members were invited to enter a cornbread recipe for an opportunity to prepare their dish at the National Cornbread Festival held in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, on April 25. Mckenna Layman, 4-H Club member at Northview Intermediate School in Sevier County, was selected as a finalists and took home the first prize of $500 dollars.

Mckenna and nine other youth finalists were selected to prepare their cornbread dish for a distinguished panel of judges. The judges considered creativity, texture, appearance, ease of preparation, appropriate use of products and of course flavor in determining the winners. This year’s judges included Steve Sutton, 4-H specialist with UT Exension; Cheryl Varnadoe, Georgia state 4-H faulty; Barry Courter, Chattanooga Times Free Press writer; Kelly Courter, Chattanooga Times Free Press columnist; Dr. Richard Clark, Assistant Dean with UT Extension; and Janice Bowling, Tennessee 16th District senator.

Mckenna’s winning recipe, Best Quichebread Ever, was cooked in Lodge Cast Iron and contained Martha White Corn Meal. Second place award of $250 dollars went to Dru Adams of Bradley County for her Kickin’ Chocolate Cornbread. Katie Langford from Homer, Georgia walked away with $100 dollars for her Sweet and Sassy Cornbread. All 10 finalists received gift baskets with products and items from Lodge Cast Iron and Martha White. Youth traveling more than 100 miles to the contest also received $100 dollars travel money.

Other participants were Sierra Harnden, Franklin County; Eden Creech, Knox County; and Joeleigh Davenport, Sasha Pennell, Annie Cox, Olivia Blansett and Emma Crisp from Marion County.
They may be novice cooks now but with the skills displayed in the cook-off the next cast iron chef may be in the making.

-- Vicki Lofty,
    Marion County 4-H Agent