Best Cooking Competition Websites

Show off those cooking skills you learned in Culinary School

If you're an amateur chef who wants to put your original recipe ideas to the test and win some of the big money available in cooking competitions, we have a deal for you.

We've scoured the web and found a number of cooking contests with lucrative payoffs. To make your life easy, we've compiled a list of culinary contests you might want to enter. Prize winnings vary, but if you're wanting to make your name in the culinary industry, check out the following sites.

National Cooking Contests

• Pillsbury Bake-Off -- $1,000,000 Grand Prize and $5,000 First Place Prizes for each category.

• National Beef Cook-Off -- $50,000 Grand Prize, $10,000 Category Winners, $5,000 Category Runner Up Prizes

• National Chicken Cooking Contest-- $100,000 Grand Prize, $10,000 Second Place, $5,000 Third Place, $2,000 Fourth Place, $1,000 Fifth Place

• Sutter Home Build a Better Burger -- $50,000 Grand Prize, $10,000 Prize for Best Alternative Burger

• Cavit Gourmet Pizza Classic – Win an all expense paid trip for two to Italy.

Magazine Sponsored Cooking Contests

• Southern Living Cook-Off -- $100,000 Grand Prize, $10,000 Category Prizes, $1,000 Finalist Prizes

• Cooking Light Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest -- $20,000 Grand Prize, (4) Category Prizes of $1,000

Cooking Contest Tips

• Cooking Contest Central – Tips, lists of contests, and a subscription newsletter.

• – Tips, forum, and information on on-going contests. Excellent State Fair resource.

• -- The extensive list of recipe and cooking contests is just a small part of this cooking-related site.


  1. Yvonne Ogilvie 29 March, 2011 at 23:25

    I am interested in entering a cooking contest.M y specialties are chili and Caribbean cooking.

    would you be able to send me any information that will help me in my pursuit
    Thank you

  2. Mike 7 July, 2015 at 09:11

    Each site’s requirements are different, so you will need to visit each to see. Often there is a requirement for a specific ingredient or technique, so you would need to use/develop a recipe specific to their needs. Others are seasonal, so using in-season ingredients is key.

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