Ace’s Junior Chef Competition

2017 Ace’s Junior Chef Competition

Competition Dates: February 1st - March 3rd

Competition’s Goal: Encourage students to use their imagination to develop healthy, creative recipes.

Deadline: March 3rd, Must turn in completed entry form with photo

Who Can Enter:
NISD students in Kindergarten - 5th Grade, Individual entries - No group submissions

How Can Students Enter The Competition: 

1. Complete the Ace’s Junior Chef Competition Entry Form 

2. Take a photo of the prepared recipe 

3. Return entry form with color photo to your school’s Cafeteria Manager or email it t to

**All submissions must be peanut-free. Recipes may not include peanut or tree nut ingredients (examples: peanut butter, almond or cashew nuts, etc.) 

How Will The Competition Be Judged:
1. Creativity of the recipe 

2. Incorporation of healthy ingredients 

3. Explanation of why the recipe is healthy

Who Will Judge The Competition:
1. The principal will pick the school’s winning submission. The winning school submissions is considered a Semi-Finalist 

2. The NISD Food Service Department will pick one overall winner from all the schools’ Semi-Finalist. That student will be the official Grand Prize winner of the Ace’s Junior Chef Competition.

 What Will The Winner(s) Receive: 

1. The Grand Prize winner’s recipe will be featured as an entree or side on April’s Elementary School Lunch Menu. 

2. The Grand Prize winner will receive an Ace Jr. Chef Cooking Kit. 

3. The Grand Prize winner and Semi-Finalists’ names will be highlighted on April’s Elementary School Menu and on the Food Service website. 

4. The Grand Prize winner and Semi-Finalists will receive an Ace Cookbook.

Additional Information or Questions: Please contact Jennifer Stringfellow, Aramark Community Dietitian, at (817) 215-0180 or

Click here to download rules and entry form.

2016 Ace’s Junior Chef Competition

Winner Abigail Cremeans’ Fruity Chicken Salad recipe won last year's Ace's Junior Chef Competition. Last year, forty-two NISD students entered into the competition. Below is last year's Semi-Finalist



Participant Name 



Claire Gauthier 

Chicken Veggy Salad 


Abigail Cremeans 

Fruity Chicken Salad 


Olivia Neely 

Corn Dog Muffins 


Mystic Caswell 

Creamy Fruit Salad 


Lucia Phoyu 

Uruguayan Chivito Sandwich 

Prairie View 

Jayla Adams 

Veggie Bean Burrito 


Eva Gosciniak 

Veggie Mac & Cheese 


Phoebe E. Williams 

Lemon Berry Ice Poppers 

Sendera Ranch 

Chloe Bristow 

Carrot & Spinach Brownies

Below are some examples of the submissions.

cookbook winning

cookbook page 1


cookbook 2

cookbook 3