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Student Chef Competition Results for High School
and Middle School

On February 20, 2020, the Georgia Department of Education, School Nutrition Program held the fourth annual High School Student Chef Competition at Helms College in Macon. Teams prepared their student-developed and approved recipes featuring Georgia grown ingredients. This competition not only meets Georgia education standards but also provides students with hands on learning opportunities in a commercial kitchen setting. Many of these student recipes will be used as part of school meals across Georgia.

High school competition was held in the morning with 10 teams from Baldwin, Bartow, Bleckley, Brooks, Dublin City, Forsyth, Griffin-Spalding, Gwinnett, Jackson, and Putnam Counties competed for the top spots. First place: Brooks County HS in Brooks County, Second place: Spalding County HS in Griffin-Spalding County, Third place: Cass HS in Bartow County. Each member of the winning team from Brooks County HS received a $16,000 scholarship to attend Sullivan University in Kentucky, and will be representing Georgia at the Southeast Region Jr. Chef Competition May 7th and 8th, 2020 at Sullivan University in Louisville, KY.

The Middle School segment in the afternoon featured 8 teams from Baldwin, Camden, Cherokee, Fulton, Houston, State Charter, Newton, and Pickens Counties competed for the top spots. This was the first year the middle school teams were cooking.  Teams that reached the final competition were judged on overall appeal, appearance and execution, taste, presentation, sanitation and food safety.  First place: St. Marys MS in Camden County, Second place: Liberty MS in Newton County, Third place: State Charter School  Ivy Preparatory Academy.


We realize that some families may be challenged to find food resources to fill the void when school is not in session. We encourage you to share FoodFinder, an excellent resource and partner of GaDOE School Nutrition. You can access FoodFinder on the web at www.foodfinder.us or download the app “FoodFinder – Fighting Hunger”. This valuable resource can assist families who may face issues of food insecurity throughout the year.

Our Vision:
Be the authority and resource for Georgia school nutrition programs so every child in school has healthy school meal choices every day.

Our Mission:
School Nutrition is a valuable partner in education, pledging to provide coordinated support for outstanding student achievement through our commitment to excellent service in each of these core areas: Quality Meals, Student and Community Engagement, and Professional Development.

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