Every six weeks a new class at Hotchkiss K-8 begins learning about different life skills. The class includes a unit about cooking. Black Mesa CattleWomen sponsor the cooking event. The students are provided information on beef nutrition, proper cooking and recipes. A competition is held at the end of the six weeks where the students' knowledge is assessed with a written test and a cooking activity that includes developing a menu, gathering ingredients, following a recipe, using proper cooking techniques, and setting a table. The students are scored by Black Mesa CattleWomen judges who then provide awards for the top three teams.