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Student Chef Competition

​​​​Student Chef Competition

The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division holds an annual Student Chef Competition. The competition consists of two parts: recipe development and a recipe cooking demonstration/replication. This competition not only meets Georgia education standards but also provides students with hands-on learning opportunities in a commercial kitchen setting. There is also the opportunity for student recipes to be featured on school lunch menus across Georgia. 

The culinary competition is designed to encourage students to engage with School Nutrition Professionals and learn about school meal programs. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their culinary skills in a competitive environment and will gain valuable knowledge and skills in recipe development, food preparation, teamwork, and local food systems.  The competition also aims to stimulate interest in locally produced foods in School Nutrition Programs. Recipes are to feature Georgia grown ingredients resulting in nutritious, student-friendly recipes which meet the standards of the school nutrition program. 

The Middle School competition centers around creation of a vegetable side recipe. The High School competition focuses on the creation of  an entrée recipe. 

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the 2023 competition! To see who won, watch this video​.

If you have any questions regarding the Student Chef Competition, please contact GaDOE Culinary Specialist, Chef Michael DuBose.​