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Student Chef Competition

​Student Chef Competition 2023

The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division is holding its 7th 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. The High School statewide winner will also have the opportunity to move on and represent Georgia at the Southeast Regional Competition to be held in May 2023.

Student Chef Resources

Student Chef Overview
Recipe Template
Taste Test Paper Form
Taste Test Electronic Template (to be used as a template by teams)
Student Chef Curriculum Connections​

Student Chef Competition Rubrics:
Middle School Student Chef Competition Rubric
High School Student Chef Competition Rubric

Student Chef Video Lessons

Team Registration Information

​​Team advisors can request a user ID and password for the competition website by emailing​  with (1) advisor’s name and (2) advisor’s email. You will be provided with a username and password within 7-10 business days after submitting the request. To best support teams, please ensure all emails include Student Chef 2023, Advisor Name, and School District. 

Register by January 13, 2023
Complete Steps 1-11 by January 20, 2023 
Complete Steps 12-15 by February 3, 2023

Student submissions will be scored based on the rubric and top scoring teams will be identified. Teams who are selected to participate in the second phase of the competition will be notified by March 10, 2023. The second phase of the competition could include in person cooking competition, video submissions, and/or recipe replication by Culinary Specialists. 

All submissions must be completed on the competition website: GaDOE Student Chef