May 4, 2010
Entries due this week for State Fair cooking competitions

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.

For rules and requirements, follow this link to the State Fair's website or call Nancy Emelio at (916) 263-3194. Emelio also can be reached via e-mail at

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