JUNIOR COOK CONTEST LIST

Welcome, Junior Cooks! This page lists contests that persons under 18 years old may be able to enter. Some of them are recipe contests, and others want an essay or a video. Students who are 18 will find some contests here that they may enter, but can also enter some contests on the DEADLINE page.

Each contest has different age requirements for entering the contest, so check the "ELIGIBILITY" line of the summary to see if you can enter that one. Some contests you must enter together with an adult.

If there is no mention of age limitations in the rules of a contest we will list them on this page. If we find out from the sponsors that they want adults only, the contest will be removed.

Click on a link to see contest summary:

02-20-17   INSTRUCTABLES COPYCAT RECIPES 2017
02-24-17   2017 INCREDIBLY GOOD EGGS RECIPE CONTEST
02-24-17   MISSISSIPPI SEAFOOD RECIPE CONTEST
02-25-17   MANJULA'S KITCHEN 2017 FEBRUARY CONTEST: HEALTHY APPETIZER
02-26-17   BETTERBUTTER 'A ROMANTIC DISH IN UNDER AN HOUR' CONTEST
02-27-17   GOLDFISH® TALES ANIMATION XPERIENCE CONTEST
02-27-17   INSTRUCTABLES VALENTINE'S DAY CHALLENGE 2017
02-28-17   MARY BROWN'S JINGLE CONTEST
02-28-17   KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – FEBRUARY 2017
02-28-17   DUNCAN HINES CANADA BAKER'S CLUB MONTHLY REWARDS – FEBRUARYs
02-28-17   SECRET INDIAN RECIPE: #ValentineSweet CONTEST new

03-01-17   2017 NATIONAL 4-H CORNBREAD COOKOFF
03-01-17   TARLA DALAL: BAKED STARTERS
03-03-17   GRIDIRON COOKING CHALLENGE
03-06-17   2016 HOOD SPORTSMANSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
03-10-17   KENTUCKY MONTHLY 2017 READER RECIPE CONTEST new
03-17-17   GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL 2017 ART POSTER CONTEST new

04-16-17   2017 ANNUAL SWEETSTACKS RECIPE CONTEST
04-16-17   INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL 2017 BISCUIT BAKING CONTEST

05-01-17   MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2018 new

06-02-17   SWEETSTACKS 1st HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTO CONTEST extended

FEBRUARY 2017

INSTRUCTABLES COPYCAT RECIPES 2017

DEADLINE

February 20, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create and enter a Step-by-Step, Photo, or Video Instructable featuring homemade versions of restaurant meals or commercial food products.
You may also enter a Instructable with this theme that was created after the start date, but not submitted to this contest.

ELIGIBILITY

Open nearly worldwide (excluded are residents of any country subject to a US trade embargo (North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Cuba, Iraq, Libya, and Iran) as well as residents of Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Turkey, Romania, Poland, or the Province of Quebec, Canada), who are 13 years of age or older (15 in Norway, and 18 in Germany). Parent/guardian permission needed if you are under the age of majority.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: A Shun Classic 7-Piece Block set; a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with care kit including Lodge Seasoning Spray and Round Cast Iron Steel Chemical Scrubber; and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron or stainless steel mug (ARV $567 USD).
3 First Prizes: A Wusthof Knife Set; and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron or stainless steel mug (ARV $225 USD).
5 Second Prizes: A Shun Sora 6" Chef's Knife; and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron or stainless steel mug (ARV $95 USD).
10 Runner-up Prizes: An angled spatula and icing set; and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron or stainless steel mug (ARV $41 USD).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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2017 INCREDIBLY GOOD EGGS RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

February 24, 2017 (to be received by 5pm via postal mail)

DESCRIPTION

Create an original, delicious egg recipe containing at least 4 eggs, in the form of whole eggs, yolks, or whites. The eggs must be cooked. Recipes may be for appetizers, drinks, breakfast entrees, main dishes, side dishes, snacks, desserts, etc.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Iowa. May not be professional (earning money for preparing food or recipe development). The two divisions are Adults 19+ and students enrolled in grades 6-12.

PRIZES

2 First Prizes (1/division): $350.
2 Second Prizes (1/division): $250.
2 Third Prizes (1/division): $150.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MISSISSIPPI SEAFOOD RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

February 24, 2017 5pm CT

DESCRIPTION

Submit your original recipes featuring some type of Gulf seafood, whether shrimp, crab, oysters or finfish. Your recipe should fit one of these categories: Appetizers, Soups, Side Dishes and Main Dishes. Optionally, you may add a photo of the prepared dish and/or a story that relates to the recipe.

ELIGIBILITY

There are no restrictions on who may enter.

PRIZES

Winners in this contest will have their recipes used (with credit given) in the updated version of the Mississippi Seafood cookbook. The cookbook is widely distributed, so it will get your name out there — and it's free, so be sure to request a copy!

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MANJULA'S KITCHEN 2017 FEBRUARY CONTEST: HEALTHY APPETIZER

DEADLINE

February 25, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit a creative recipe for a Healthy Appetizer that is healthy, vegetarian, and eggless. Include an original photo of the the prepared dish.
It looks like the sponsor is planning to reinstitute their monthly competitions after several years' hiatus.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all, worldwide.

PRIZES

First Prize: $150 gift certificate from Amazon.com.
2 Runner-up Prizes: $75 gift certificate from Amazon.com.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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BETTERBUTTER 'A ROMANTIC DISH IN UNDER AN HOUR' CONTEST

DEADLINE

February 26, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your original recipe for a romantic dish, whether sweet or savory, that can be prepared in under an hour. Photograph it, and upload your photo(s) and recipe. You may take inspiration from others' work, but plagiarized recipes/photos will be removed.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide, but you must provide a valid Indian address to which the prize may be shipped. No age limits given.

PRIZES

5 Prizes: A hamper of Rena Germany products (ARV ₹ 4,000) .

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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GOLDFISH® TALES ANIMATION XPERIENCE CONTEST

DEADLINE

February 27, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create a stop-motion video (60 seconds max) with your parentss, featuring Goldfish® crackers, then have your parent/guardian submit the video. You must include (both in the video and on the video's description page on YouTube) a clear and conspicuous notice and disclosure that states either: "This Video is an entry into a contest sponsored by Pepperidge Farm, Inc." OR the "Includes paid promotion" content declaration found in advanced settings within YouTube. Any music you use must be original or royalty free. Resources for royalty free music are given, and tutorials on making stop-motion films are also provided. If you don't have access to actual Goldfish crackers, you may download and use a provided photo instead.
The entries will be divided by the sponsor into four categories: Best Use of Goldfish, Best Story, Best Film by Up and Coming Animators, and Best Overall Film.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older (19 and older for residents of AL and NE, and 21 and older for MS).

PRIZES

4 Grand Prizes (1/category): $5,000.
12 Nominee Prizes (3/category): A Gift Bag consisting of 1 Animation Xperience cinch bag, 1 case of Goldfish® Colors crackers, 1 octopus style portable and adjustable tripod, and 1 Stoopid Buddys Studio DVD (ARV $181).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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INSTRUCTABLES VALENTINE'S DAY CHALLENGE 2017

DEADLINE

February 27, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create and enter a Step-by-Step, Photo, or Video Instructable that shows off your food, decorations, handmade gifts, or anything else you're making for Valentine's Day.
You may also enter a Instructable with this theme that was created after the start date, but not submitted to this contest.

ELIGIBILITY

Open nearly worldwide (excluded are residents of any country subject to a US trade embargo (North Korea, Syria, Sudan, Cuba, Iraq, Libya, and Iran) as well as residents of Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Turkey, Romania, Poland, or the Province of Quebec, Canada), who are 13 years of age or older (15 in Norway, and 18 in Germany). Parent/guardian permission needed if you are under the age of majority.

PRIZES

3 First Prizes: A set of two Long Distance Touch Lamps, and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or mug (ARV $175 USD).
25 Runner-up Prizes: A heart headphone splitter; and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt or mug (ARV $31 USD).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MARY BROWN'S JINGLE CONTEST

DEADLINE

February 28, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create a fun original jingle about Mary Brown's Big Mary sandwich — in 30 seconds or less, sing it by yourself (or with a friend!), make a fun beat, or play an instrument with your entry. Video or audio clips are preferred but they will also consider submissions of lyrics. Upload your entry to Facebook with the tag #MaryBrowns or message it to the sponsor.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Canada who are age 14 or older.

PRIZES

First Prize: $1000 and FREE Big Marys for a whole year.
Second Prize: $100 Mary Brown's Gift Card.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – FEBRUARY 2017

DEADLINE

February 28, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your Filipino or Asian-inspired recipe to this monthly contest. You may enter in English or Filipino.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide; no age limits stated.

PRIZES

2 Prizes: $50 (USD) via Paypal or Xoom, and the recipe will be featured on the sponsor's blog.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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DUNCAN HINES CANADA BAKER'S CLUB MONTHLY REWARDS – FEBRUARY 2017

DEADLINE

February 28, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit a creative recipe featuring at least one Duncan Hines product as an ingredient. Include a photo and be sure to give precise instructions.
This is an ongoing contest with no monthly thematic changes.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a resident of Canada to join the online community and participate. No age limit is stated.

PRIZES

Prize: Free Duncan Hines ​gifts.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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SECRET INDIAN RECIPE: #ValentineSweet CONTEST

DEADLINE

February 28, 2017

DESCRIPTION

For this monthly contest, enter an original recipe fitting the monthly theme, written in stepwise rows. Include a well written description of the recipe, one or more clear corresponding photos, and the hashtag for the month's theme. You are encouraged to share the URL of your submission on their Facebook page as well.
The theme for this month is "Indian Sweets". Enter your best recipe using the #ValentineSweet hashtag in your introduction.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide to all ages.

PRIZES

Prize: Mystery Kitchen Appliance (The Kitchen Appliance will be home delivered).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MARCH 2017


2017 NATIONAL 4-H CORNBREAD COOKOFF

DEADLINE

March 1, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit a recipe that includes at least one cup of Martha White Corn Meal or one package of Martha White corn meal mix. The recipe must also be cooked in Lodge cast iron. No mixes may be used except for the Martha White mix.
Ten finalists will be invited to attend the 2017 National Cornbread Festival and participate in a cook-off.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the United States who are in 4th grade and participate in 4-H.

PRIZES

First Prize: $500 cash & special gifts from Lodge Cast Iron & Martha White; Teacher and 4-H Agent or Program Assistant of winner each receive $50.
Second Prize: $250 cash & special gifts from Lodge Cast Iron & Martha White.
Third Prize: $100 cash & special gifts from Lodge Cast Iron & Martha White.
7 Honorable Mention Prizes: $50 and gifts from Lodge Cast Iron & Martha White.
Youth traveling more than 100 miles to the competition will receive $100 travel money.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TARLA DALAL: BAKED STARTERS

DEADLINE

March 1, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your original recipe for a baked starter that you like to wow people with at parties.
Recipes for this monthly contest should be sized to serve 4 persons.

ELIGIBILITY

The website's Terms of Use limit entries to those 18 and older, unless you have parent/guardian permission to enter. No residency restrictions are stated.

PRIZES

3 Prizes:A Tarla Dalal cookbook, Baked Dishes.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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GRIDIRON COOKING CHALLENGE

DEADLINE

March 3, 2017 6pm ET

DESCRIPTION

With three teammates (and under the supervision of an adult mentor), create a unique healthy recipe that showcases dairy products like milk, cheese, or yogurt and can be prepared in 60 minutes or less. You can make a breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snack. Take a photo of your item to submit with your recipe.
Entries will be judged in 3 geographical divisions corresponding to NFL Markets (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars) and a cook-off will be held in each division in April or May 2017.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Florida. One adult must mentor a team of four elementary and/or middle school students, ages 10 and up.

PRIZES

3 Grand Prizes (1/market area): An equipment prize pack for the team's school (ARV to $2,500) and each student member on the winning team will win an iPad mini "and other cool prizes."

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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2016 HOOD SPORTSMANSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

DEADLINE

March 6, 2017 3pm ET

DESCRIPTION

Hood wishes to honor graduating high school scholar-athletes with scholarships — will you qualify? You must have a GPA of 3.0; have participated in a varsity sport in high school, displaying a high degree of sportsmanship while doing so; and have performed volunteer work in your community. To enter, complete the entry form, including an essay explaining in 250 words or less how you have demonstrated good sportsmanship both on and off the field. You may add a photo of yourself if you wish.
50 Finalists will be required to submit transcripts and letters confirming participation in the required activities, followed by an interview process.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont. Must be a high school senior, enrolled in grade 12, who will be attending a 2 or 4 year US college or university in fall 2017.

PRIZES

42 Finalist Prizes (7/state): $50 American Express gift card.
18 Grand Prizes (3/state): A college scholarship of $5,000, paid directly to the college/university upon proof of enrollment. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony (time and location TBA).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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KENTUCKY MONTHLY 2017 READER RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

March 10, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your original recipe that contains at least one ingredient that is Kentucky grown or made.

ELIGIBILITY

Open only to those with a connection to Kentucky including, but not limited to, current and previous residents of the state of Kentucky and/or subscribers of the magazine. If  you aren't a resident or subscriber we recommend you mention your tie to Kentucky.

PRIZES

There will be one grand prize for best overall recipe and prizes for runners up, but the details of the 2017 prizes haven't been announced yet. In past years the grand prize was a get-away weekend in Kentucky  and the lesser prizes included Kentucky-themed merchandise.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL 2017 ART POSTER CONTEST

DEADLINE

March 17, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create a poster, suitable for reproduction, advertising the Gilroy Garlic Festival. It must contain the words "Gilroy Garlic Festival" and festival dates "July 28, 29, & 30, 2017." You may not use the festival logo or any other logo. Finished size must be between 16"x20" and 18"x24".  Submit your original art, mounted or framed so that it will stand on its own for display.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the United States. No age limits stated.

PRIZES

First Prize: $500, plus ten posters and one of each souvenir item produced with winner's artwork.
Second Prize: $250.
Third Prize: $100.
"People's Choice" Prize: $200.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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APRIL 2017


2017 ANNUAL SWEETSTACKS RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

April 16, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter an original recipe that uses any SweetStacks Gourmet Pancake & Waffle Mix or Guam Banana Donut Mix as an ingredient. The recipe may be sweet or savory and should use easily obtainable ingredients. Please include a digital photo of your dish if at all possible!

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, Guam, and other US territories who are age 14 or older.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $300 and a year's supply of SweetStacks Original Gourmet Pancake Mix (12 Mixes).
Second Prize: $200 and SweetStacks Original Gourmet Pancake Mixes (6 Mixes).
Third Prize: $100 and SweetStacks Original Gourmet Pancake Mixes (3 Mixes).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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INTERNATIONAL BISCUIT FESTIVAL 2017 BISCUIT BAKING CONTEST

DEADLINE

Apirl 16, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Beginning February 1, 2017, enter your biscuit recipe and corresponding photo in one of four categories:
  • Savory Biscuits
  • Sweet Biscuits
  • Special Biscuits (over the top and incredibly imaginative)
  • Student Biscuits (Students must be 18 years of age or under. They may also enter the other categories if they wish, but not with the same recipe.)
Finalists in all four categories will prepare biscuits at the Bake Off on May 20, 2017 in Knoxville, TN. Travel and lodging is the finalist's responsibility.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the United States, of all ages.

PRIZES

4 First Prizes (1/category): Prizes worth up to $300.
Second Prizes (1/category): Prizes worth up to $200.
Third Prizes (1/category): Prizes worth up to $100.
Grand Prize: "Declared" — details not stated.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MAY 2017


MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2018

DEADLINE

May 1, 2017

DESCRIPTION

This year, the theme for Mrs. Blum's Recipe Contest is: "What are your favorite recipes using “fresh” ingredients?" Mail in an original recipe using fresh vegetables, herbs or fruit.
The year in this contest's name is the year the winning recipes are published.

ELIGIBILITY

No requirements are stated.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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JUNE 2017


SWEETSTACKS 1st HOLIDAY FAMILY PHOTO CONTEST

DEADLINE

June 2, 2017 (extended from January 8, 2017)

DESCRIPTION

Enter a photo of a family cooking or eating SweetStacks Gourmet Pancakes, Waffles or Guam Banana Donuts.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the United States and Guam who are age 14 or older.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $300 and a year’s supply of SweetStacks Pancake Mix or Banana Donut Mix (12 Mixes).
Second Prize: $200 and SweetStacks Pancake Mix or Banana Donut Mix (6 Mixes).
Third Prize: $100 and SweetStacks Pancake Mix or Banana Donut Mix (3 Mixes).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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