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Junior Chef application deadline extended


For Immediate Release
Friday, February 20, 2015
For more information contact:
Ted Sloan
(502) 564-1138

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The deadline for high school cooking teams to apply to enter the 2015 Farm to School Junior Chef competition has been extended due to the recent extreme winter weather in Kentucky, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer has announced.

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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 12. Forms, guidelines, and answers to frequently asked questions are available at the Farm to School Junior Chef website,

Kentucky students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. Each team must have three to five members and may have one alternate. Each team’s recipe must include at least five local products and must 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.

Owen County High School won the Junior Chef championship in 2014. Mayfield High School earned the inaugural Junior Chef crown in 2013.

The Farm to School Junior Chef competition is made possible with the cooperation of Sullivan University, the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, the Kentucky Department of Education, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

For more information, go to the Junior Chef website,, or contact Tina Garland, the KDA’s farm to school program coordinator, at (502) 382-7505 or