NJHA’s TOP CHEF RULES and REQUIREMENTS

The purpose of this project is to expand the knowledge of individuals in food preservation using fresh fruits and vegetables.

I. CATEGORIES

The THREE NJHA’s Top Chef categories of food preservation are:

a. Pickles or Relishes.
b. Fruits or Vegetables (dried fruit is not acceptable)
c. Jams or Jellies.

II. PARTICIPATION INFORMATION for contestants

1. Age categories – There are four age categories (individuals only; no teams)

a. 5-9 year old
b. 10-14 year old
c. 15-18 year old
d. 19-22 year old

2. Contestants may participate in each of the three food categories. For example, you may not enter both Pickles & Relishes; you must choose either one (Pickles) or the other (Relishes). The same for Fruits or Vegetables and Jams or Jellies.

3. Participants must prepare TWO preserved (canned) items. One jar for observation, and the other jar is for tasting.

4. All ingredients must be edible.

5. No individual will be allowed to present the same recipe in successive years.

III. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE CONTAINERS (jars)

1. Use the appropriate size jar for the recipe. Recipes can be found on line at http://nchfp.uga.edu/.

2. Jars must be labeled with name of product.

3. Individuals must follow proper canning procedure for food safety.

4. Entries must include a 3 x 5-inch note-card or legible label with each preserved (canned) item.

5. All recipes must include a complete list of ingredients, procedures, and CITATION OF SOURCE.

The following is required:

Attach a sheet with the following information:
Name of product.
Date canned.
Method of preparation: (hot pack or cold pack.
Method of processing (boiling water or pressure canned (note pounds of pressure).
Time of processing.
What did you learn from making the recipe and what
would you change?
Name, age (as of December 31, current year), address, telephone number, email of participant, and email of parent and/or advisor.

IV. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

1. SCORE SHEET is on-line at www.njha.org; listed under “Contests, Projects, & Activities” menu item “Contest Score Sheets“.
2. . Each entry must be registered by September 15 using Registration Form F. Form is on-line at www.njha.org; listed under “Contest, Projects, & Activities” menu item  “Contest Registration Forms A to I“.
3. Contestant is responsible for having their entry at the convention by Friday, which is the first day of the convention.
4. . The entry can be claimed after the convention ends; if not claimed, the entry will not be returned.
5. Contestant may donate entry for the NJHA Alumni auction; the project chair must be notified in writing. Donation will not be a factor in judging the entry.

VI. For additional information, consult the project chairperson:

Mrs. Mary Stark
N 1196 Rich Road
Watertown, WI 53098
Phone: (920) 261-7355
grandparents1196@yahoo.com

VII. Sponsors of the contest are Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stark.

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