Welcome to Junior Chef


On behalf of Commissioner Ryan Quarles, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture would like to invite you to join our annual Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef competition. This is a statewide high school cooking competition designed to offer youth the opportunity to learn valuable skills in recipe development, food preparation, marketing, public presentation, organization, teamwork and community involvement.

Additionally, the program will stimulate interest in local agriculture, create a nontraditional market for Kentucky producers, increase quality of products available to school cafeterias, and ultimately increase consumption of produce by Kentucky’s students. A full copy of rules and information can be found on our website listed below. I encourage you to put a team together and come join the fun!

2017 Junior Chef Bracket


Hundreds of Kentucky students have participated in the Farm to School Junior Chef competition since its inception in 2013. The competition opens with district tournaments, followed by regional tournaments, and culminates in the state tournament at the Kentucky State Fair in August.

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Junior Chef Recipes


Junior Chef recipes must contain at least five local ingredients, meet NSLP guidelines, and must be relatively easy for school food service staff to replicate. Recipes are judged by taste, appearance, creativity, best and most use of local ingredients, and appropriateness for school food service systems. Here are recipes from past state Junior Chef tournaments. Click here to download an example of a recipe card.

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  • 2015
  • 2016
  • Nutrikids
BAKED FAJITAS

Mayfield High School

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FRUITY FRITTATAS

Barren County High School

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VEGETABLE PATCH LASAGNA

Oldham County High School

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MAMA'S ITALIAN SOUP

Fern Creek High School

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BOBCAT BREAD

Breathitt County High School

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MEXICAN PIZZA

Portland Christian School

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PANTHER'S BURGOO

Pikeville High School

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CHICKEN APPLE SALAD

Madison County High School

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HEARTY FIRE ROASTED CHILI

Fort Campbell High School

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GLUTEN‐FREE CHICKEN VEGGIE BAKE

Boyle County High School

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THE EASTERN KENTUCKY NOT BROWN

Menifee County High School

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MESMERIZING MELON CHICKEN SALAD

Whitley County High School

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OVEN BAKED PARMESAN CHICKEN WITH PINEAPPLE MANGO SALSA

Conner High School

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WILD BERRY GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD WITH STRAWBERRY VINAIGRETTE DRESSING

Montgomery County High School

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GENERALS' SALAD TOPPED WITH SAUTÉED CHICKEN & VEGETABLES

Thomas Nelson High School

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VEGETARIAN WRAP

Fern Creek High School

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LASAGNA

PHS Cooking Team - Pikeville High School

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MINI OMELETS

"Eagles", Madison Southern High School

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CHICKEN AND RICE CASSEROLE

Owsley County High School

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BREAKFAST EMPANADAS

Corbin High School

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GENERAL'S SLOPPY PHILS

"Purple Cow Crew", Thomas Nelson High School

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MEXICAN CRUNCHY CHICKEN WRAP

"Cool Beans" Henderson County High School

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STRAWBERRY CHICKEN WRAP

"4-H Farmalicious," Montgomery County Hign School

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GF EVERYTHING-ON-THE-FARM LASAGNA

"Boyled to Perfection" - Boyle County High School

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FRUIT SALSA WITH BAKED CINNAMON CHIPS

"Eagles", Madison Southern High School

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POTATO CRUSTED BACON CHEESEBURGER QUICHE

"Cuisine Rebels", Owen County High School

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HONEY CITRUS CHICKEN STIR FRY

Apollo High School

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CHICKEN QUINOA BURRITOS

Atherton High School (Jefferson)

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TROPICAL FISH TACOS

Ballard County High School

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BEEF AND VEGGIE BURGER

Henderson County High School

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VEGETARIAN LASAGNA

Owensboro County High School

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BLACK BEAR NACHOS

Harlan County High School

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BETTER THAN CHEESE FLATBREAD PIZZA

Fern Creek High School (Jefferson County)

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LAYERED TACO BOWL

Pikeville High School

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KICKIN' CHICKEN CHIPOTLE RANCH SALAD

Allen County High School

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SAVORY HARVEST STUFFED MEATBALLS

Montgomery County High School

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LOADED POTATO SOUP

Fayette High School (Southside)

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BAKED HOT BROWN PENNE

Anderson County High School

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CREAMY CHICKEN TAQUITOS

Corbin High School

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ROASTED VEGETABLE PASTA PRIMAVERA

Apollo High School

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CARDINAL CHICKEN MELT

Taylor County High School

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ROARING CHICKEN ADOBO

Fleming County High School

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CHICKEN CLUB PIZZA WITH FRESH GARDEN VEGGIES

Letcher County High School

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Bear Paw Quiche

Harlan County High School

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Shepherd’s Pie

Bath County High School

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BCHS Beefy Fajitas

Bourbon County High School

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Barbeque Pork Tacos with Apple Poppy Seed Coleslaw

Boyle County High School

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French Toast Bake with Berry Compote

Owensboro High School

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Cheesy Chicken Chipotle Quesadillas with Peach Salsa

Allen County Scottsville

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Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Henderson Count High School

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Grilled Vegetable Banh Mi

Jefferson County Public Schools

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Spaghetti Nest with Parmesan Cheese Turkey Meatballs

Martin County High School

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Farmer’s Choice Dirty Rice

Montgomery County High School

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Southwestern Frittata Stuffed Peppers

Owen County High School

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Commodore Cajun Stuffed Peppers

Perry County Central High School

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Shepherd’s Pie with Mini Honey Corn Muffins

Pikeville High School

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Cardinal Fiesta Pepper

Taylor County High School

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Turkey and Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Trigg County 4-H Culinary Team

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Quinoa Stuffed Rolled Chicken Thighs

Whitley County High School

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BCHS Beefy Fajitas

Bourbon County High School

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Bear Paw Quiche

Harlan County High School

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Cardinal Fiesta Pepper

Taylor County High School

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Farmer's Choice Dirty Rice

Montgomery County High School

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French Toast Bake w/Berry Compote

Owensboro High Schools

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Shepard's Pie w/Mini Muffins

Pikeville High School

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Turkey Veggie Lettuce Wraps

Trigg Cnty 4-H

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Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

Henderson County High School

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BBQ Tacos w/App Poppy Seed Slaw

Boyle County High School

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Quinoa Stuffed Rolled Chicken

Whitely County High School

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Southwest Frittata Stuffed Pepper

Ownen County

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Spaghetti Nest w/Turkey Meatballs

Whitley County High School

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Grilled Veg Banh Mi

Jefferson Cnty High School

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Ranch Cream and Salsa

Taylor County High School

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Peach Salsa

Allen County High School

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Shepard's Pie

Bath County High School

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Cheesy Chicken Chipotle Quesadillas with Peach Salsa

Allen County Scottsville

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Junior Chef 2016 Finalists


Below are the 2016 Junior Chef finalists who cooked their way to the final drive in the Farm to School Junior Chef
State Championship in Louisville.

Montgomery County

JUNIOR CHEF FINALIST

Pikeville

JUNIOR CHEF FINALIST

Boyle

JUNIOR CHEF FINALIST

Henderson

JUNIOR CHEF FINALIST

What to Know


All required forms, recipes, and the $150 team entry fee must be mailed to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and postmarked no later than March 15, 2017.

Ready to enter the Farm to School Junior Chef competition? Click below to read the rules, browse the Frequently Asked Questions, learn how the competition is judged, and download the paper application and parental consent forms.

  • FAQs
  • Judges
  • Paper Application
  • Parental Form
  • Payment Options
  • Rules and Guidelines

Kentucky State Fair dates are August 17-25, 2017

When and where is this event taking place? The 5th Annual Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef competition will be held at the Kentucky State Fair August 17-25, 2017. The event is open to the public (gate fee) and will feature fun activities for the whole family including chef demonstrations, food vendors, and entertainment throughout the day.

Who can participate? Any Kentucky student in grades 8-12 is eligible. Each team must have three and five members. Teams may have an alternate student, but the total number of team members on the day of the competition may not exceed five. NOTE: Alternate team members must also submit their contact information and permission slip.

How can I get involved with Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef? If you are a student in grade 8-12, you can show off your cooking skills by competing in Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef on your high school cooking team. Otherwise, you can join the fun by volunteering or sponsoring Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef.

How do I register my team? The team application and all other forms are available on the Farm to School page at www.kyagr.com. A parental permission and release form is needed for each student participant. Final application deadline is March 15th. Teams are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

Can our adult/chaperone help us cook? No Team Coaches or Supervisors may help cook at the competition. However, these adults may provide hands-off guidance and advice.

How much time do teams have to cook? Teams have 1 1/2 hours to cook and a half-hour to clean up. Remember, you may not bring any prepared foods to the competition and must perform all food preparation at the event.

Sullivan University judges most of the district and region competitions. They will judge all the Kentucky State Fair events. We are looking for chefs in the western and eastern part of the state to judge some events. If you are a chef, and you would like to participate, email tina.garland@ky.gov.

The Team Adult must understand and agree to the following conditions. Failure to understand and follow these instructions will result in team elimination from competition.

This form must be completed by the parent/guardian of each student who wishes to participate in the Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Competition during the school year 2017. A completed form must be submitted by each team member along with their application and registration fee postmarked no later than March 11th.

What are the registration fees?

There is a $150 entry fee. Registration fees help cover hosting costs of Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef. Teams are encouraged to seek local sponsors to support all expenses associated with participation including entry fee, cost of ingredients, etc. Fee may be paid by your Food Service Director per Kentucky Department of Education School Nutrition Division.

OK, we're registered...now what?

Make sure that all of your signed Permission and Release Forms for each team member, recipe, and application along with the $150 entry fee have been postmarked by March 11th or else your team application will be cancelled.

Each team may consist of 2-5 students. High School teams any combination of 8-12th graders. Note: Seniors may not be able to attend State competition due to event timing. Absence of a Senior team member does not allow a team to withdraw from competition. Also all transportation needs and finance approvals should be discussed with proper administration by June 1st in order to allow time for a replacement team if you can not attend State competition. Each team must have an Adult Team Supervisor who is present for the duration of the competition. Team Supervisors must be a school employee, parent, Chef or Adult Representative of related Community organization. Each team is also allowed but not required to have a Team Coach. The Team Coach could be a school food service professional, chef, farmer, Family Consumer Science Teacher or foodie who helps the team create and practice a recipe in preparation for the event. Only students may cook during the competition. The Team Supervisor and/or Coach may only provide hands-off guidance in cooking techniques and safety. Any other adult involvement in the cooking will result in disqualification of the team. Dish must meet the NSLP menu guidelines. Dish must be Food Service Staff "friendly" allowing them to incorporate the recipe into their school menu.

High school teams may consist of any combination of students in grades 8-12. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Enter Today


If you have any questions or comments you may submit them online.
Be sure to mail your $150 team entry fee and application to:
Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
107 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
ATTN: Jr Chef Program

​USDA Nondiscrimination Statement


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 2015 (Spanish)

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement:

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992.

Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.