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:

11-15-17   MADE BY MILK™ 2017 CARTON CONSTRUCTION CONTEST
11-15-17   ALIVE & COOKING RECIPE CONTEST
11-15-17   SECRET INDIAN RECIPE: REGIONAL DIWALI RECIPES CONTEST
11-16-17   TARLA DALAL: BAKED JAR SNACKS
11-19-17   BETTERBUTTER RECIPE CONTEST: GO GREEN
11-30-17   KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – NOVEMBER 2017
11-30-17   DUNCAN HINES CANADA BAKER'S CLUB MONTHLY REWARDS – NOVEMBER 2017

12-04-17   INSTRUCTABLES BAKING CONTEST 2017
12-04-17   COOK YOUR WAY TO CULINARY SCHOOL CONTEST
12-04-17   INSTRUCTABLES BAKING SODA CHALLENGE
12-15-17   AASHIRVAAD SVASTI GHEE RECIPE CONTEST
12-31-17   SILVER FERN FARMS HOME COOK OF THE YEAR
12-31-17   RECIPES 007 RECIPE CONTEST

01-31-18   OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC RECIPE CONTEST: ORANGES

02-15-18   FARMER'S ALMANAC RECIPE CONTEST: GARLIC

05-01-18   MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2019

NOVEMBER 2017


MADE BY MILK™ 2017 CARTON CONSTRUCTION CONTEST

DEADLINE

November 15, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Teams of students are invited to collect milk cartons and use them to create sculptures with a sports theme. Supporting materials may be used but should be kept to a minimum. Submit four photos of the sculpture (no students in photo, please!). Submit them with an essay (200 word max) about what makes the sculpture complete and required details about the sculpture.
The contest is split into two age groups, PreK - Grade 5 and Grades 6-12. The age groups are further divided into categories by the number of cartons used, whether more than or less than 300. Each team must have an adult sponsor who will submit the project, but the work should be done by the students. 

ELIGIBILITY

Open to schools in the 50 United States and DC (as per entry form). The entry must be submitted by an adult sponsor, but the creation should be made by students in PreK - Grade 12.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $5,000,
6 Elementary Prizes (3/category): $1,000.
6 Middle/High School Prizes (3/category): $1,000.
People’s Choice Award: $2,500.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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ALIVE & COOKING RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

November 15, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter an original family recipe for any portion of a meal or snack. Be sure to tell the story of why this recipe is important to you. You may also enter a recipe on behalf of another family member, or dedicate your entry "In Memoriam" of a family member.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC. All ages may enter.

PRIZES

20 - 30 Grand Prizes (Alive & Cooking): The experience of cooking the winner's recipe with a pro, photos of event, and a two page spread in the cookbook.
30 First Prizes(Golden Years): Winner's recipe and photo will occupy a page in the cookbook.
30 Second Prizes (Silver Fox): Winner's recipe and photo will occupy a half page in the cookbook.
120 Third Prizes (In Memoriam Of): Winner's recipe and photo will occupy a half page in the cookbook.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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SECRET INDIAN RECIPE: REGIONAL DIWALI RECIPES CONTEST

DEADLINE

November 15, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter an original and unique regional Diwali recipe. Write it in stepwise rows, include one or more clear corresponding photos, and use the hashtag #DiwaliRecipeContest in an introduction to your recipe. You are encouraged to share the URL of your submission on their Facebook page as well, using the same hashtag.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide to all ages.

PRIZES

Prize: Wonderchef' Magic Barbeque by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor (ARV ₹3,990).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TARLA DALAL: BAKED JAR SNACKS

DEADLINE

November 16, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your original recipe for a baked jar snack. A "jar snack" is a dry snack that can be kept in a airtight jar.
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, Fast Foods Made Healthy (new edition).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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BETTERBUTTER RECIPE CONTEST: GO GREEN

DEADLINE

November 19, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create an original dish using green coloured vegetables and herbs: peas, spinach, broccoli, spring onion, mustard-Sarso, Methi, coriander, mint, etc. Include one or more corresponding original photograph(s) of your dish. If the recipe was inspired by a published one, please give your source of inspiration.

ELIGIBILITY

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

PRIZES

First  Prize: Pigeon Kitchen Combo (ARV ₹5,995).
Second Prize: Kitchen Pro Steel Dinner Set (ARV ₹5,499).
Third Prize: Wonderchef Breakfast Maker Pan (ARV ₹2,000).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – NOVEMBER

DEADLINE

November 30, 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 – NOVEMBER

DEADLINE

November 30, 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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DECEMBER 2017

INSTRUCTABLES BAKING CONTEST 2017

DEADLINE

December 4, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create and enter a Step-by-Step, Photo, or Video Instructable featuring something that you bake using dry heat in an oven.
You may also enter any already-created Instructable with this theme, if was created after the beginning date of 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: KitchenAid® Artisan® Mini Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, 3.5 qt. and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron (ARV $355 USD).
3 First Prizes: Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer & Slow Cooker and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron (ARV $180 USD).
5 Second Prizes: Taylor Measuring Bowl Digital Kitchen Scale and an Instructables prize pack including a robot apron (ARV $75 USD).
10 Runner-up Prizes: An Instructables prize pack including a robot apron (ARV $25 USD).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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COOK YOUR WAY TO CULINARY SCHOOL CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 4, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Do you dream of entering a food service or restaurant related program after you complete high school? Submit a video with a demonstration (or partial demonstration) of you preparing an original recipe dish and an explanation of why you feel you should win this scholarship. Be sure your video is no longer than 5 minutes, and clearly shows a visual of the finished dish you demonstrate. Avoid showing logos, brands or trademarks, and any music, art, etc., that you didn't create.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC who are juniors and seniors in an accredited high school or a GED program, ages 16-19. If under 18, you must have parent/guardian consent to enter. Must be planning to major in a qualifying food service or restaurant related major or concentration.

PRIZES

4 Finalist Prizes: A trip to New York City for several days during the approximate period January 30, 2018 – February 2, 2018 to compete in the NYC Challenges that will take place at one or more locations in New York City. Travel arrangements and accommodations will be made by Sponsor and basic costs of trip for contestant plus 1 parent, legal guardian or chaperone, will be covered by Sponsor.
Grand Prize: A scholarship of up to $25,000 for tuition and other qualified expenses, paid to the qualifying school. Prize is contingent upon Winner being admitted to a qualifying school and participating in a qualifying food service or restaurant related major or concentration. The winner will also receive an assortment of Rachael Ray cookware (ARV $500).
3 Runner-up Prizes: A scholarship of up to $5,000 for tuition and other qualified expenses, paid to the qualifying school. Prize is contingent upon Winner being admitted to a qualifying school and participating in a qualifying food service or restaurant related major or concentration. The winner will also receive an assortment of Rachael Ray cookware (ARV $500).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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INSTRUCTABLES BAKING SODA CHALLENGE

DEADLINE

December 4, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create and enter a Step-by-Step, Photo, or Video Instructable featuring the use of baking soda — cooking, cleaning, science experiments, arts & crafts, etc., are all eligible projects if sodium bicarbonate is included somehow.
You may also enter any Instructable with this theme that was created after the end of the previous Halloween contests.

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

2 Grand Prizes: iPad Mini 4 and an Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt (ARV $425 USD).
15 Runner-up Prizes: Instructables prize pack including a robot t-shirt (ARV $25 USD).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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AASHIRVAAD SVASTI GHEE RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 15, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your vegetarian recipe made with Aashirvaad Svasti ghee as an ingredient. You must include a photo of the dish for the entry to be accepted.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of India. No age restrictions are given.

PRIZES

5 Prizes: ITC Products gift hamper (ARV  ₹2000/-)

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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SILVER FERN FARMS HOME COOK OF THE YEAR

DEADLINE

December 31, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your original recipe using Silver Fern Farms range products.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of New Zealand. No age restrictions stated.

PRIZES

Finalist Prizes: Finalists’ recipes will be featured in MiNDFOOD magazine and on mindfood.com
Grand Prize: A farm stay at a Silver Fern Farms property, including a gourmet evening and dinner at a Silver Fern Farms Premier Selection Award-winning restaurant (ARV over $1000 NZD). No mention is made of transportation being provided.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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RECIPES 007 RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 31, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit a favorite original recipe of any type, with a photo.
Winner is determined by voting. At the time of this post, there are 10 entries and the top one has 15 votes.

ELIGIBILITY

No age or residency restrictions are stated.

PRIZES

Prize: $100, via PayPal.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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JANUARY 2018


THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC RECIPE CONTEST: ORANGES

DEADLINE

January 26, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Enter your original, unpublished recipe that fits the theme "Oranges."
If entering online, avoid cutting and pasting from other documents. Spell out abbreviations (such as "cups" and "tablespoons") for clarity. For fractions, please type out the numbers (i.e., use 1/4 cup, not ¼ cup).

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide to amateur cooks.

PRIZES

First Prize: $300.
Second Prize: $200.
Third Prize: $100.
Winning recipes will appear in The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac and on the sponsor's website.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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FEBRUARY 2018


FARMER'S ALMANAC RECIPE CONTEST: GARLIC

DEADLINE

February 15, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Enter your best original recipes that include fresh garlic as an ingredient.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide to amateur cooks.

PRIZES

First Prize: $250.
Second Prize: $150.
Third Prize: $100.
Winning recipes will be printed in the 2019 Farmers’ Almanac and online.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MARCH 2018

APRIL 2018

MAY 2018


MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2019

DEADLINE

May 1, 2018

DESCRIPTION

This year, the theme for Mrs. Blum's Recipe Contest is "Holiday Cookies". Mail in an original recipe.
The year in this contest's name is the year's almanac in which the winning recipes are published.

ELIGIBILITY

No restrictions are given by residency or age.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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