Care to test your cooking chops?
The California State Fair is looking for home cooks and professional chefs to compete in a host of culinary competitions and events.
The California's Kitchen Program includes food judging competitions, demonstrations, chef challenges and activities for children, according to a state fair news release.
There are seven food competitions to choose from: the jam and jelly show; soft spreads and fruit show; pickle, relish, sauce and salsa show; baked goods (bread); baked goods (cake show); baked goods (pie and pastry); and baked goods (confections and cookies). Each competition has multiple divisions.
Other competitions using products such as Guittard Chocolate, Malt-O-Meal, Ghiradelli, Fleischmann's Yeast and King Arthur Flour also will be held during the fair, which this year will be held from July 14 to Aug. 1. Those contests boast more than $4,000 in cash and prizes, the release states.
Amateur competitions are open to California residents 5 years old and up. Professional competitions are open to chefs and those working in a food-related career.
Food-related challenges "have an agricultural and nutritional focus relating to the fast-pace lifestyle of Californians," the release states.
Entry forms are due by Friday. Applications for chef challenges are being accepted through June 15.