How To Organize A Cooking Contest

Are you a fan of cooking and cooking shows like I am? In fact, I was nearly on a cooking show once but fortunately realized that they intended to screw me over and got out of it. But cooking contests are still great fun. There are many ways to do cooking contests, one can be as a way to earn money by making it in a venue and sell tickets to it, and another way can be as a low cost social event with friends. Here are some things to keep in mind if you want to organize a cooking contest, either as an income source or as a fun get together.

When it comes to the culinary world, there are few events that are as exciting as a cooking contest. It is an event where masters of their craft are pitted against one another, and they strive to show their skills in a show of incredible precision, timing, and creativity. However, organizing such an event could be quite a challenge. Here are some tips on how to organize a cooking contest.

Choose A Great Venue

If you are going to run a cooking contest, it is very important that you choose a great venue for it. If you are doing this as a money making venture, emember that you will have a good number of chefs, and spectators to attend the event. If your venue is subpar, there is a chance that the people involved won’t enjoy themselves.

When you choose your venue, it is important that you take the size and accessibility into consideration. The venue should be large enough to take a large number of people.

Remember that the event will need a large area for the contestants to move around in. It also needs space enough for a large table, a fridge and a stove for all of the participants. The venue should also be accessible enough for people without cars. There must also be enough parking space for people with cars. When it comes to choosing a venue, it is important that you choose carefully, because the success of the event depends on your choice.

Have A Set Budget

It is very important that you follow a set budget if you are going to host any type of event. It is also important that you don’t shoulder all the expenses by yourself. If it is possible you should reach out to any interested sponsors. By having sponsors to help with the expenses, you won’t have to worry about the overall funding of the event.

Choose A Theme

When it comes to organizing a cooking test, it is important that you choose the right theme. It all usually depends on what kind of cuisine that the chefs will be cooking.

For example, the cuisine your chefs will be cooking is Chinese cuisine. This means that your decorations should match your chosen theme. If it is possible, you should also hire a host to liven up the proceedings.

Market The Event As Early As Possible.

If you want a good number of people to attend the event it is important that you start marketing the event as soon as possible. The worst thing you could do is to market it at the last minute. This is a really bad strategy, because you won’t have the time to convince people to attend the cooking contest.

One of the best things about marketing an event in this day and age, is that there are so many ways you could do so. You could try marketing via traditional media such as TV, or newspaper ads. However, they are particularly expensive, and they won’t be as effective as newer media forms.

If you want to market the contest, it is a good idea to use social media marketing. This kind of marketing is very effective because it is low-cost yet it also gives you a great marketing range.

Practice Cleanliness Throughout The Event

When it comes to hosting a cooking contest, it is important that you follow hygiene procedures. Remember that you are hosting an event that deals with food. The judges will be eating the food, and if they get food poisoning, then you and your partners will be at fault.

First things first, it is a good idea to have hand sanitizers at the ready, so that all the chefs and other personnel could clean their hands before they start cooking.

The ingredients must also be stored properly the night before the event. This will ensure that all the ingredients are fresh and ready to use by the time of the event.

Invite The Best Judges

If you want people to take your contest seriously, it is important that you invite the best judges possible. The judges must be legit, and they should have years of background in the specific cuisine. 

It will also help if your judges are well- known because they will be able to bring star power to your event. Getting well-known chefs will also give your contest a great deal of legitimacy. Remember though that getting a well- known chef or cooking personality could be a bit expensive, however, it is definitely worth it in the end.

Alternatively if you are doing this just for fun, though, you can just pick people from your social scene that you would find most charismatic.

Make It A Memorable Event

Aside from having a cooking contest, it also won’t hurt if you make it into a mini-fair where local businesses could sell their wares. In this case, you will need to invest in good quality booths. The booths are necessary because they will give the vendors a great platform where they could sell their wares.

If you are going to invest in booths for the event, and you plan on making more such events in the future, you can consider purchasing them from Aplus, a well-known booth provider that allows you to have your booths customized according to your needs. Alternatively you have rental options there. wYou could check out for more information. Aside from booths, you could also decorate the event with beautiful neon lights. Some companies even create lighting options that allow you to control the lighting sequences. This technology gives you the ability to create a light show for your event. Getting lights for your event might be a bit pricey, however, if your main goal is to create a spectacle, then it will be all worth it.


If you are going to host a cooking contest, it is important that you know what to do, and where to begin. With these tips, you’ll be able to organize a cooking contest in the best way possible.

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