High School Culinary Competition

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Checkl back in the 2011-2012 school year as Eugene will host the 5th annual "Culinary Throw-Down"

(Willamette Valley High School Culinary Competition)

Hosted by:

Eugene School District 4J, Sodexo and Market of Choice

Spring 2012 - TBA

South Eugene High School

Judging: Noon - 1:00pm

~Public is invited~

For the past four years, South Eugene High School has participated in the Willamette valley High School Culinary Competition.  The competition was the creation of our Director of Nutrition Services, Rick Sherman. 

Now that Rick is working down here, he took the competition with him, so 4J has the opportunity to host the event. 

A contestant adds dressing to his scrumptious spinach-strawberry salad

Typically as many as eight high school teams compete head-to-head in an "Iron Chef" - type competition.  The teams consist of four high school students each.  Each school district involved gets to invite three judges for fair and equal judging. 

The teams are from around the Willamette Valley.  In the past the following schools have participated:  South & North Eugene, South & West Albany, West Salem, Sprague, McNary, McKay, Sweet Home, Lebanon, Philomath, Dallas, Roseburg, Cottage Grove and Corvallis.  Stay tuned here to see this year's lineup!

This year the theme will again be "Elegance on a Budget."  Each team can spend no more than $50 total on ingredients to produce an entree, salad and dessert.  The team that wins will exemplify the best food at the best cost-savings.  Other prizes are best table demonstration, safety, and team spirit. 

We are pleased to move the competition down here after three successful years doing it in Albany.  We are working on ways to make this event even more special by trying to enlists some sponsorships as well as a partnerships with local community colleges.

No Fishin' Around (Vegetarian) Sushi

Tuna-Stuffed Peppers


2009's Best of Show winners

South Eugene



South Eugene, North Eugene, Marist, Roseburg, South Albany and Cottage Grove


2010 FLYER

Participating School Rules and packet click HERE

2010 Recipe book  Click HERE

HALL OF FAME: Past winners from the previous competitions click HERE 

 2010 Results & Awards

 Best Table Demonstration
 Best Salad (Healthy Creation)
 Best Dessert
 Best Entree ROSEBURG
 Team Spirit
 Safety Award
 Best Of Show (Elegance on a Budget)
 Best Use of Mystery Ingredient SOUTH EUGENE


For more information about the Elementary Culinary Competition, please contact 4J Nutrition Services.