Market to host Junior Chef Competition

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The general public is invited to view the inaugural Tennessee State Junior Chef Competition that will be held at the Nashville Farmers’ Market October 13-14 in the Market House’s Grow Local Kitchen. The event begins at 8 a.m. both days.

The event, featuring six teams of students in grades 8-12, is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of School Nutrition. The students will compete for scholarships to attend Sullivan University: $16,000 for each member of the first-place team, $10,000 for second place, and $6,000 for third.

Two teams at a time will compete within three brackets on Saturday. They will have 90 minutes to prepare, cook, plate, and present to judges. The competition will end around 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Each team will create its own recipe and repeat that recipe throughout the competition. Entries will be judged on kid-friendly taste and appearance, nutrition, creativity, use of local and seasonal ingredients, and ease of replication by school cafeterias.

David Gonnerman