5th Annual 2018 Healthy Kids Cook-Off National Competition!

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 11am | The Mall in Columbia, MD

Our 2018 Finalists!

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National Healthy Kids Cook-Off Competition FAQ's

AGE GROUPS & CATEGORIES

Kids will compete in one of the following  3 categories. There will be 12 finalists (four in each category) that will advance to compete at the LIVE Cook-Off on April 28, 2018 and three National Winners (1 in each category).

  • PreK (parent & me) – 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade – 5th Grade
  • 6th Grade – 8th Grade

Elementary and Middle school aged children must currently be enrolled in a public, private or homeschooling program to be eligible to compete.

Pre-K (parent and me) children (typical ages 3-5) can not be enrolled in Kindergarten or higher-level academic program. If a child is in a Kindergarten program, and selected as a finalist, they must compete without a parent/guardian and will have the assistance of a Culinary Coach during the National Competition.

RULES

Recipes MUST be an Original Creation (a unique recipe crafted by you). If you need help creating an original recipe, read our blogpost on “How to Create Your Own Original Recipe”.

Healthy Kids Cook-Off National Competition RECIPE – MUST HAVES

  1. Recipes must be prepared in 60 minutes or less.
  2. Recipes must contain at least 2 vegetables.
  3. Recipes must contain minimal processed (white) sugar.
  4. Recipes can not require the use of a deep fryer (sautéing IS allowed)
  5. Recipes must be prepared by one person (no teams will be accepted) with the exception of kids in PreK, when parents/guardians are allowed to assist. Children in Kindergarten – 8th grade must be able to prepare recipe on their own. A culinary coach will be provided during the National Competition on April 28, 2018.
  6. If selected as a finalist, recipe must be able to be prepared by kid cook/chef at the National Competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018 in Columbia, Maryland

** Finalist’s parent/guardian must agree & sign a media release waiver to participate in the LIVE National Healthy Kids Cook-Off Competition.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Finalists
Recipes will be scored by a panel of judges using a numerical value system. The 12 kid cooks (4 in each category) with the highest number of points will be selected as a finalist and advance to compete in the LIVE Healthy Kids Cook-Off National Competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Mall in Columbia in Columbia, Maryland. In the event of a tie, a decision will be made based on personal narrative and “anticipated” taste of the recipe.

Finalists will be determined based on the following judging criteria:

Recipe health factor – (25 points)
Photograph of Recipe / Presentation – (25 points)
Personal Narrative – (20 points)
Originality/Creativity – (20 points)
Well Written Recipe – Free of Typos – (5 points)
Duplicability – (5 points)

 

Winners will be determined based on the following judging criteria:

Taste – (50 points)
Food’s Appearance/Presentation – (25 points)
Chef’s Confidence and Culinary Skills – (20 points)
Time – (5 points)

In case of a tie, judges will select the Winning Cooks.

IMPORTANT DATES

Saturday, March 15, 2018 – Deadline for Recipe submissions.

Friday, March 30, 2018 – Finalists Announced*
Finalists must be able to be present to compete in the LIVE Healthy Kids Cook-Off National Competition on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Mall in Columbia, Maryland

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – LIVE National Healthy Kids Cook-Off Competition

 

PRIZES & AWARDS

Each of the three (3) Winners Receive

  • $150 Visa Gift Card
  • $150 To gift your favorite charity or create your own local program to support a healthy eating or nutrition initiative
  • $250+ in Cooking Gifts

Each of the 12 Finalists will receive: 

  • Flight/Transportation to Columbia, Maryland for finalist and one (1) parent/guardian
  • Hotel Accommodations for finalist and one (1) parent/guardian
  • Television & Media Interviews
  • Healthy Little Cooks Apron & Chef’s Hat 

 

SUBMIT YOUR RECIPE

Recipe Submissions are now closed.

Finalists Announced: March 30, 2018!

*12 finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and notified by March 30th, 2018. All finalists will receive round-trip transportation to Maryland/DC area to compete in the LIVE Cook-off on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

2018 FINALISTS
WILL BE ANNOUNCED
MARCH 28, 2018

Each of the three (3) Winners Receive

  • $150 Visa Gift Card
  • $150 To gift your favorite charity or create your own local program to support a healthy eating or nutrition initiative
  • $250+ in Cooking Gifts

Each of the 12 Finalists will receive: 

  • Flight/Transportation to Columbia, Maryland for finalist and one (1) parent/guardian
  • Hotel Accommodations for finalist and one (1) parent/guardian
  • Television & Media Interviews
  • Healthy Little Cooks Apron & Chef’s Hat 

PAST WINNERS

2017 Winners

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2016 Winners

2016 Healthy Kids Cook_off Winners

2015 Winners

Cook-off Winners 2015

2014 Winners

2014 cook-off winners

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