The votes are in... Meet our 2024 K12 National Cook-Off finalists!

Budding chefs in grades 6–12th competed in the K12 National Cook-Off virtual round where six lucky finalists have been selected to head to Arlington, Virginia where they will compete in the final in-person cook-off on July 13, 2024, for their shot at the $1,000 grand prize!

Meet the Finalists

K12 National In-Person Cook-Off Finals will be held on July 13th, 2024.

Competition Overview

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Round 1: Submit an original recipe

Create a dish that includes all of the following:

An ingredient that starts with the letter “c”

A green ingredient

A source of protein

An ingredient from the freezer

At least three spices that are not salt or pepper

And any other ingredients of your choice

Each submission must include:

  • The recipe with step-by-step directions and a comprehensive list of all ingredients, specifying which ones meet the requirements outlined above.
  • A description of why you chose to make the dish 
  • Preparation time, from set up to plating
  • Three (3) photos of the dish:
    1. Mise en place (a photo of the ingredients and utensils that will be used to prepare the recipe)
    2. In process (a photo of the dish as it is being prepared)
    3. Completed dish (a photo of the dish plated and ready to serve)
  • Students will also have the option to submit a video of their completed dish.
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Round 2: In-person national cook-off

The six finalists (plus one chaperone each) will receive a paid trip to compete at the K12 National Cook-Off in Arlington, Virginia, on July 13, 2024.


The finalists will compete for the title of K12 Cook-Off Champion at the in-person cook-off  where Chef David Ho, winner of Food Network’s Chopped, will be one of the judges. Entries will be judged on taste, presentation, creativity, timeliness, and food safety. One additional finalist will be chosen by public voting during the judging period.



1st place


2nd place


3rd place

Gift baskets valued at $300

4th, 5th, and 6th place

Competition Schedule

May 31

Entry deadline

June 4-10

Judging period and People’s Choice voting

June 11

Finalists notified

July 13

In-Person National Cook-Off

Please review the rules and regulations related to the K12 National Cook-Off. These terms and conditions must be agreed to when registering.

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