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Cooking Challenges

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

Dinner 911 Cooking Challenge – Deadline Extended!
2018 Dinner 911 Cooking Challenge Information and Application
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.

Professional Chef Challenge – Deadline Extended!
2018 Professional Chef Cooking Challenge Information & Application
Represent your restaurant or business, 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.

California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge – Deadline Extended!
2018 California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge Information and Application
Aspiring Junior Chefs and their Grown-Up Sous Chefs are invited to participate in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair. Junior Chefs will create and prepare an original recipe with a California twist in one of three rounds: The Big Meltdown, Taco Tuesday, and the CA State Fair Roll Out.

High School Throwdown!
2018 High School Throwdown! Cooking Challenge Information and Application
High school culinary students will compete in teams of two in front of a live Fair audience to prepare a 3 course meal using a mystery ingrediant. A panel of qualified judges will taste and determine the winners.

Postal Service Cooking Challenge
2018 Postal Service Cooking Challenge Information Application
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.

MRE Cooking Challenge
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.”

Culinary School Challenge
2018 Culinary School Challenge Information & Application
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.