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Youth Cooking Challenge

Do you have a budding chef in your family?

If your answer is yes, United Way is looking for them to participate in its Youth Cooking Challenge underwritten by MVP Health Care!

To be considered for participation, a child’s parent or guardian must complete an online application. Applications will be accepted beginning Monday, January 15 through Monday, January 22 at 11:59 pm. All applications from children between the ages of 10–14 will be considered. A minimum culinary skill level is suggested.

To complete an application, click here. (Application opens Monday, January 15)

How the challenge works

Children will be selected and paired with a local chef. Each team will be professionally filmed preparing a “signature” dish. The public will be invited to vote for their favorite team using an online voting platform – stay tuned for further details.

The two teams with the most votes will advance to a live finale “cook-off” event. This event will be held at Restaurant Equipment Company’s brand-new test kitchen located at 53 New Hartford Shopping Center, New Hartford.

All finalists will receive a cookbook, the runner-up will receive a cooking themed prize basket valued at $150, and the United Way Youth Cooking Challenge grand prize winner will receive a cooking themed prize basket valued at $250.

This cooking challenge is a component of United Way’s health initiative with a focus on childhood obesity prevention. It will not only highlight the culinary abilities of the youth in our area but more importantly will demonstrate the benefits of healthy cooking and eating habits. 

A special thank you to MVP Health Care, our health and wellness partner for this event.

If you have questions about the application or cooking challenge please email Jordan Davies, United Way Volunteer and Event Coordinator or call at 315–733–4691, ext. 226.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Executive Chef Sponsor: MVP Health Care

Sous Chef Sponsors: Capitol Arts Complex  |  Restaurant Equipment Equipment Corp.  |  Townsquare Media

Chef de Partie Sponsors: Primary Urgent Care  |  CNY Labor Council

Prep Cook Sponsors: Hannaford Supermarkets  |  MVCC Professional Association  |  Utica First Insurance Company  | United Way Board of Directors