California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge

Design-A-Round Contest

Design a Theme

Calling all young aspiring chefs in California, aged 10-17! Here’s your chance to showcase your creativity and culinary skills by designing a contest theme for one of the three rounds of the highly anticipated 2023 California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge. This is an incredible platform for budding chefs to unleash their imaginations and contribute to the vibrant culinary scene of California.

As a theme designer, you will have the chance to shape the atmosphere and set the tone for one round of this prestigious cooking challenge. Let your passion for cooking and creativity shine through as you become an integral part of this prestigious event!

Design-A-Round Contest

You be the Judge!

California Youth, ages 10-17, are invited to design a contest theme for 1 of 3 rounds of the 2023 California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge. If selected, our young theme designers will receive tickets to the fair and an opportunity to be an official State Fair Judge!

contest flyer

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Rounds of the 2023 California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge held in the Save Mart California’s Kitchen

For ages 10-17 only!

Email the following:

  • Full Name
  • Phone Number
  • Age
  • City
  • Contest Round Title
  • A Short Description

California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge

Aspiring Junior Chefs and their Grown-Up Sous Chefs are invited to participate in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair. This competition spotlights the creative culinary talent of California’s youth. Grown-Up Sous Chefs provide guidance and mentoring and act only as an assistant during the on-stage cooking and judging. Junior Chefs plan a recipe ahead of time for 1 of 3 themed rounds, and then prepare their dishes onstage in the Cooking Theatre in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified Judges.


Tuesday, July 25, 2023

3 rounds starting at 12 pm, 3 pm, & 6 pm

Up to 3 winners will be selected. Youth creators of selected round ideas will receive:

  • 2 admission and 1 parking credential for the 2023 California State Fair
  • An Invitation be 1 of 3 Judges for the round of their own creation: score the onstage preparation, presentation and taste
  • An official California State Fair Judge’s ribbon badge and apron

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