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Cooking Challenges

Several exciting live chef challenges will be featured and judged at the Cooking Theatre, Save Mart Supermarkets California’s Kitchen, inside Building B.

Snack Down! Cottage Industry Baking Challenge
Date TBD
Promote your small business and educate the public about California’s Cottage Food Industry by competing in a live snack-baking challenge at the California State Fair. Cottage Food Operators will prepare a single baked snack in front of a live fair audience in the Cooking Theatre. The audience will decide the winner by popular vote. To participate, stay tuned for application.

Postal Service Cooking Challenge
Date TBD
We are looking for the Mail Woman or Man who can really deliver…in the kitchen! Individual amateur chefs will use a basket of three mystery ingredients to prepare a 3-course, home-style meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified Judges. To participate, stay tuned for application.

4-H Cooking Throwdown
Date TBD
All 4-H members are invited to participate in the 4-H Cooking Throwdown where teams of three youth members will cook a three course meal. A panel of judges will taste all courses prepared and the winners of each round will then compete to determine the daily Throwdown Champion. To participate, stay tuned for application.

MRE Cooking Challenge
Date TBD
Chefs are invited to challenge their culinary prowess by turning military-issue MREs and other provided ingredients into one delicious, gourmet-plated, “Meal Ready to Eat.”
To participate, stay tuned for application.

Dinner 911 Challenge
Date TBD
First Responders face off in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair. Teams of two Firefighters, Police Officers and Emergency Medical Technicians will use a mystery ingredient to prepare a 3-course meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified Judges, in the Cooking Theatre. To participate, stay tuned for application.

Professional Chef Challenge
Date TBD
Compete in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair. Individual professional chefs will use a mystery ingredient to prepare a 3-course meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified Judges, in the Kitchen Theatre. Represent your restaurant or business. To participate, stay tuned for application.

Culinary School Challenge
Date TBD
Represent your Culinary School in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair. Teams of two will use a mystery ingredient to prepare a 3-course meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified Judges, in our new Cooking Theatre. To participate, stay tuned for application.