Calling all third and fourth graders to the BGPS Future Chefs competition

Jan. 5, 2023

Does your child love to cook and create recipes? Check out Battle Ground Public Schools’ Future Chefs event. All BGPS third and fourth grade students are welcome to enter!

The event, in which students create original recipes and finalists compete in a culinary cookoff, helps to educate children and promote healthy eating habits.

This year’s recipe theme: Complete the plate with your favorite fruit or vegetable side dish!

Judging will be based on:

  • Originality
  • Kid friendliness
  • Ease of preparation
  • Healthy attributes
  • Plate presentation
  • Taste
  • Student chef presentation to judges

The competition is hosted by Sodexo, the district’s food services provider.

How to enter

Next steps

  • Judges will evaluate recipe submissions and select eight BGPS finalists.
  • Finalists will be contacted by Friday, Feb. 24, 2023.
  • The BGPS Future Chefs Cookoff will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Battle Ground High School.

Additional details

  • All finalists will receive a framed plaque, medal, a recipe book of all finalists’ recipes, chef coat, T-shirt and a chef hat.
  • The local media will be invited to cover the cookoff.
  • Parents, family members and teachers can taste the finalists’ creations during the reception portion of the event.
  • Sodexo will supply the food and equipment necessary to cook the recipes during the competition.
  • Participants will need to be dropped off and picked up at Battle Ground High School on March 23, which is an early release day.
  • Each student will have a kitchen staff member assigned to them to ensure that the students work safely and that safe food and preparation practices are followed.
  • The winning recipe will be entered into the national competition.

2022 Future Chef
Miradi Ackler

2022 BGPS Future Chef winner Miradi Ackler


Learn about Maple Grove Primary student Miradi Ackler, who won the 2022 BGPS Future Chefs competition, took first place in the region and became one of just five finalists for the national title. See her Fancy Nancy Bacon Balsamic Grilled Cheese recipe, which was served to thousands of students across the district last fall.


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