Kids with appetite for competition invited to 2015 Student Chef Cook-Off

Special to The Log

Students going into 4th through 12th grade who like to cook should enter the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services “2015 Student Chef Cook-Off.” The deadline to enter is Sept. 13. For more rules and to submit your entry, go to

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is searching for student chefs to promote “Fresh From Florida” recipes and products.

Entry requirements include:

• Must be a Florida student going into 4th-12th grade.

• Must create an original snack recipe and submit with a photo.

• The recipe must contain one fresh fruit or fresh vegetable grown in Florida.

• The recipe must have clear directions, provide four snack-size servings and be prepared in 45 minutes or less.

• Recipe must promote good nutrition and healthy eating habits.

Students in six regions will submit recipes that will first be judged on nutrition, presentation/appeal and originality. The grade categories are 4th-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th grade. Three qualifying round winners from each grade category will be invited to cook their recipes for a panel of judges at Publix Aprons Cooking Schools in their region.

Finalist rounds will be held:

• Oct. 3: Tampa- Central/West

• Oct. 10: Orlando- Central

• Oct. 17: Sarasota- West

• Oct. 24: Boca Raton- South

• Nov. 7: Tallahassee- Northwest

• Nov. 14: Jacksonville- Northeast 

Each regional cook-off recipe will be judged in person on taste, originality, presentation/appeal and technique. Third-place winners will receive a $50 gift card; second-place winners a $75 gift card and first-place winners a $100 gift card. All winners will also receive a certificate for a free Publix Aprons Cooking School.

First place winners in the 9th-12th grade will continue to the state finale cook-off at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Feb. 6, 2016. The winner will receive a $500 gift card and title of the “Fresh for Florida Kids Student Chef” for 2015-16.