WGBH Youth Culinary Award Contest

September 15, 2017

WGBH in partnership with the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts provides young adults between the ages of 12 and 18 who have a passion for cooking, the opportunity to showcase their culinary talent by entering the WGBH Youth Culinary Award Contest.  All submissions must consist of an original recipe created by the contest entrant in a video format that runs 5 to 10 minutes long. In each video, contestants should show how to make a unique recipe in ways that demonstrate their culinary skills, knowledge, and creativity. 

All online entries must be submitted by a parent or guardian on behalf of his or her child. The contest begins at 9am ET on Friday, September 15, 2017 and ends on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at 5 pm ET. No entries will be accepted after the deadline. Mail-in entries must be received by 5pm ET on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017.

Contest Criteria:

  • An online submission form completed in its entirety by a parent or guardian.
  • The title of the recipe.
  • A YouTube, Dropbox or Vimeo link to a 5- to10-minute video submission.

Our esteemed panel of judges will review and score all eligible video submissions based on the following criteria: 

30%: Demonstrated knowledge, cooking skills and familiarity in working with food. 

20%: Unique idea or creative interpretation of the recipe or cooking tip 

20% Ability to present recipe entry ideas clearly within the allotted time, enunciating well and using correct pronunciation.

15%: Telegenic appeal – appearance and ability to engage with the audience: makes consistent eye contact with the camera, dresses appropriately, demonstrates comfort and organization in front of the camera during their presentation.

15%: Use of the camera frame and stage – ensures that food is filmed in focus and is visually available to viewers. Video footage must match the contestant’s narrative, and the use of additional visuals must support the video’s message.

The judges will select six semifinalists from all eligible submissions. The semifinalists will compete in a live cooking competition to determine the winner on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 at 10am at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts at 2020 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, Mass. WGBH will notify the six semifinalists on Thursday, Sept. 28 by 5pm.

Youth Culinary Award Winner:

The winner will receive a Teen Cooking Series (4 classes in total) at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts valued at $500 and a commemorative plaque presented by Chef Chris Coombs during a live culinary demonstration on Oct. 7, 2017 as part of the Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival.

The top three finalists at the October 1, 2017 Semi-Final event shall each receive two cooking classes at Cambridge School for Culinary Arts.  The approximate retail value of the prize is valued at $150.

Travel costs are not included for any round of competition or for prize acceptance.

The 2017 WGBH Youth Culinary Award (The “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia who are the parent or legal guardian of a child between the ages of 12 and 18 (as of the date of entry) who is also a legal resident of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia who are the parent or legal guardian of a child between the ages of 12 and 18 (as of the date of entry) who is also a legal resident of the 50 United States, or the District of Columbia (such eligible parent or legal guardian hereafter, a “Parent”, and such child between the ages of 12 and 18, inclusive, hereafter, a “Child”).

The judges, and officers, directors, trustees, members, and employees of the Sponsor, the Public Broadcasting Service (“PBS”), PBS member television stations, and their respective affiliates and subsidiaries, and the immediate family (i.e., parents, children, siblings, spouse) and household members of such individuals, are not eligible.

For a full list of rules and regulations please visit here: 


How to Enter

Please visit the following page for your chance to compete! 



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