Cooking Contests at the Kentucky State Fair

Are you the “The Next Great Baker,” the “Top Chef” or the “Cake Boss?” Let us be the judge of that! The Kentucky State Fair will host various cooking contests throughout the 2014 Fair on the Gourmet Garden Stage, sponsored by Kentucky Beef Farmers, in South Wing A. The contests range from bourbon to SPAM® and entries are due July 1, so whip up your best recipe and show it off at the Kentucky State Fair!


The contests are as follows:

Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Competition – Friday, August 15- Saturday, August 23

Sullivan University will partner with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Junior Chef program for the Kentucky Farm to School Junior Chef Competition. Scholarships totaling $70,000 will be awarded to Junior Chef Champions who will be crowned in the statewide competition. (District and Regional competitions have already taken place, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the final rounds at the Fair!)

Evan Williams® Bourbon Cooking Competition – Friday, August 15, 6:00 p.m.

Create any type of original main dinner entrée, soup, stew, barbecue or casserole using Evan Williams® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and your favorite ingredients. All entries will be favored for inclusion in the next printing of the Evan Williams/Heaven Hill “Cooking with Bourbon” recipe booklet! First prize will take home $250, second prize $125 and third prize $75.

Gold Medal® Flour Cookie Contest – Monday, August 18, 6:00 p.m.  

Home-baked, made-from-scratch cookies are the best! Enter yours in this contest. First place wins $200 and new this year is a New Entrant Award. Gold Medal® Flour is celebrating the most delicious and award-winning cookies at the fair. Any style, size or shape is welcome. Simply use the premium quality of any Gold Medal® flour. Winning cookies will be chosen for appearance, flavor, and texture. Prizes and gifts go to the top finishers at each fair!

The Great American Spam® Championship Tuesday, August 19, 6:00 p.m.

Entrants compete for up to $150 of cash prizes, blue ribbons and a shot at the coveted grand prize, a trip to the 2015 SPAM JAM® Waikiki Festival. Prizes go to the top three recipes in both categories. Focus on taste, creativity and presentation and use 10 ingredients or less. Any size, shape or style of SPAM® appetizer is welcome.

Bisquick® Family Favorite Recipe Contest Wednesday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.

Bisquick® makes cooking and baking easy. Show off what you can do with it by making an extraordinary recipe easy to create. Think family favorite appetizers, meals or snacks and even desserts or baked goods. Any type of cooked or baked entry is welcome. First place wins $200 and there’s also a New Entrant Award!


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