The Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Division is holding its 8th annual Student Chef Competition!

Deadline to register is January 12, 2024

Complete Steps 1-11 by January 19, 2024

Complete Steps 12-15 by February 2, 2024

The Fueling Georgia’s Future Student Chef Competition is designed to encourage students to engage with School Nutrition Professionals and learn about the process of planning for, sourcing, and preparing school meals. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate their culinary skills in a competitive environment while gaining valuable knowledge in recipe development, food preparation, teamwork, and local food systems. In addition, this competition aims to stimulate interest in locally produced agriculture in School Nutrition Programs. The recipes will feature Georgia grown ingredients. The results are nutritious, student-inspired recipes that include local foods and are easily incorporated into school nutrition programs.


Middle School

Develop a recipe for a school meal vegetable side dish.


High School

Develop a recipe for a school meal entrée.

Competition Levels

The competition has two phases: a recipe competition followed by a cooking competition for selected finalists. This competition meets Georgia education standards and provides students with hands on learning opportunities. Many of these student developed recipes will be incorporated into school meals across Georgia.

The High School statewide winner will move on and represent Georgia at the Southeast Regional Competition.


If you are ready to sign up for the Student Chef Competition or have any questions, please email with the subject: Student Chef.