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Farm to School Junior Chef competition accepting applications

Deadline is Feb. 24

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2015) — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Junior Chef competition will launch its third season this spring.

Jr Chef CMYK jpg“The Junior Chef competition is a great way for kids to learn basic cooking skills and gain an appreciation for local foods,” Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said. “At the same time, contestants learn to work on a team, manage time and money, and many other skills that they can use in their everyday lives.”

The competition is open to students in grades 9-12. Each team is required to have three to five members and is allowed one substitute. Each team’s recipe must include at least five local products and conform to National School Lunch Program guidelines. Dishes will be judged on taste, appearance, creativity, best and most use of local products, and appropriateness for school food service personnel.

District competitions will open in April, and regional competitions will take place in May. The 16 regional champions will meet to determine the state champion at the Kentucky State Fair in August in Louisville.

Cost is $150 per team. The deadline to apply is Feb. 24.

Owen County High School won the Junior Chef championship last year.

For more information contact Tina Garland, the KDA’s farm to school program coordinator, at (502) 382-7505 or [email protected].

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