Student Cooking Competition Heats Up Small Farms Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 26, 2018) – A student cook-off will be the closing event of Small Farms Week, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s annual celebration of small-scale agriculture. The competition will be held 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in Williams Dining Hall

“Participants are going to demonstrate to their fellow students that it’s possible to prepare and eat nutritious, local foods,” says Dr. Michelle Eley, community & economic development specialist for Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T. 

Each team of four students, equipped with a blender, microwave and griddle, will make one entrée and one dessert. The contest will be timed and judged by a panel of faculty and students based on originality, taste, presentation and the use of a secret ingredient, to be revealed only at the start of the competition.

“The competition is a fun, educational way to connect our students and the larger campus community with Small Farms Week,” says Dr. Janine Parker, agribusiness and marketing specialist.

Sponsored by Cooperative Extension at A&T, Small Farms Week will feature workshops, guest speakers and demonstrations, and will highlight the benefits of locally grown, sustainably managed foods.

Those who attend the cooking competition must pay the price of dinner at the dining hall, $8.81 plus tax. For more information about Small Farms Week, visit