- Select a tested, favorite recipe from a cookbook or other dependable source. It should be something you or your family like and that you have prepared before.
- Practice preparation of this food until it can be done easily, and a good product is achieved.
- You should be knowledgeable about the preparation of the food, the ingredients used, the nutrients contained in the food, and meal preparation time and sequence.
- Pick a recipe that is nutritious, fairly inexpensive, and easy and fun to make!
- Be able to tell how your food fits into the food groups and other nutritional information, such as what vitamins are in the food.
- Select one favorite food (not the entire meal) to display. You can show the entire meal but only one dish is required.
Cloverbuds (grades K-2) should select any easy food item that they are able to prepare by themselves or with a little help from parents or older siblings.
Beginners (grades 3, 4, 5) select items like their favorite nutritious food, beverage, snack, or appetizer.
Intermediates (grade 6, 7, 8) select items like a nutritious salad, soup, sandwich, yeast bread, vegetable, or dairy food.
Seniors (grades 9 and up) select items like a nutritious main dish, meat, poultry, seafood, microwave food, ethnic food, low calorie food item, or dairy product.