Clay County 4-H members compete in grilling competition

Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

Clay County 4-H members competed in a grilling competition yesterday morning at the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Complex.
Extension Agent Natalie Ray said the competitors grilled hamburgers, prestigious and less expensive steaks, kabobs and pork chops.
Ray said the overall goal of the annual competition was for the 4-H members to learn grilling safety such as lighting the charcoal while standing away from the grill and ensuring meat is cooked thoroughly.
"For example, a hamburger has to be cooked well done all the way through," Ray said.
She said the competition was split up into junior and senior categories, and the competitors were judged on safety and efficiency, appearance of contestant's work space, excellence of meat cut preparation, degree of doneness, medium, medium well, well done, appetizing appearance, if meat served during assigned time and taste.
She said the students provided everything except for the meat themselves, such as seasonings, grills, charcoal, and vegetables for kabobs.
"We do it that way so no one brings any meat that's already marinated," Ray said. "It makes it a more level playing field."
Senior Shaunderrius Westbrook and junior Janaya Jefferson won first place in the prestigious steak category, and Chelsea Doss won second place. Jamarrion Shelton won first place in the less expensive steak category.
Senior Quandry Chandler and junior Trinity Shelton won first place in the kabob category, and Jahimon Lyons won second place.
Caryn Doss won first place in the hamburger category and Sandra Robertson won second place.
Jaquezz Shelton won first place in the pork chop category.