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Student Chef Competition

​​​​​​​Student Chef Competition 2024 WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT


The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division held its 8th 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 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 each year. 

To learn more about the GaDOE Student Chef Competition and how to participate, view this recorded Student Chef Competition Informational Webinar. In this video, our chefs and registered dietitians review the competition resources available and demonstrate how to utilize the competition's website.
If you have any questions regarding the Student Chef Competition, please contact GaDOE Culinary Specialist, Chef Michael DuBose.​

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the 2024 competition!