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4-H Top Chef takes the stage at the Maryland State Fair

Top Chef - Ethan Lacher - Cecil County

A new event took center stage at 4-H Presents at the Maryland State Fair.  On both Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st a Top 4-H Chef was selected.  Braving heavy Baltimore traffic, bringing kitchen equipment and ingredients and creating an Egg Dish to tantillize the tastebuds was the task of the 4-Hers who impressed the audience and their Chef Judges.  Given two hours to work in front of the crowd to illustrate their cooking skills while concentrating on food safety and best practices awards were given to the skillful and creative 4-H Chefs.

On Saturday three 4-Hers competed with their egg cuisine.  Lynn Thomas - Baltimore County, Kaitlyn Davey - Carroll County and Winner - Cynthia Davey - Carroll County.  Kay Hoffman - 4-H volunteer and Linda Anselme, professional chef served as judges for the event.

On Sunday, September 1st Matthew Larrimore - Cecil County, Ethan Loch - Cecil County and Jonathan Minter - Harford County. Professional chefs Linda Guerly, Linda Brown and Linda Anselme selected Ethan Loch - Cecil County as the Sunday Top 4-H Chef.  

Congratulations to all participants in this new contest - and hats off to our chefs!  Our 4-Hers never cease to amaze and impress those witnessing their competence and their skills.  Thanks to our 4-Hers and volunteers for helping us showcase Positive Youth Development!

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