Rooks to Cooks Young Cook of the Year Competition

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Rooks to Cooks Young Cook of the Year Competition2018-12-04T14:50:33+00:00

Project Description

logo-rookstocooksRooks to Cooks is the GTA’s most innovative culinary school and they will be heating things up at the Markham Fair with an amazing cooking challenge for Young Chefs!!  Join Chef Shai Mandel, founder and CEO of Rooks to Cooks, at the 1st Annual YOUNG COOK OF THE YEAR COMPETITION.

It will be deliciously exciting and lots of fun to watch as 10 Rooks to Cooks contestants ages 7 – 14 put their cooking skills to the test! There will be 3 rounds of competition before announcing the Top 3 Chefs. Come by and cheer on the competitors and check out their amazing talents.

It’s all happening on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1 PM – 5 PM in the Agri-Food Tent.

Here are the Event Details:

THREE (3) Rounds of Competition:

  • 1:00 pm Round 1: Knife Skills (10 competitors – 5 at a time) Vegetable & Fruit prep – Knife Skills. Competitors will have 45 minutes to complete various tasks. They will be judged on their accuracy of knife cuts, cleanliness and organization of their station, time and waste.


  • 3:00 pm Round 2: Taste and Presentation (top 5 Competitors) Semi-Finals. Competitors are to execute a salad & vinaigrette recipe; they will be provided all necessary ingredients, including dried herbs, to use as they wish.


  • 4:00 pm Round 3: FINALS (Top 3 Competitors – First, second, and third place will be determined). In this final round “Recipe development”, the competitors will be given a basket of mystery ingredients and will need to prepare a main dish of their choice, utilizing all ingredients. They will have 45 minutes to complete their dish and clean their station for judging. Competitors will be judged on the following criteria: presentation, taste, creativity and use of ingredients.

“Rooks to Cooks is an innovative children’s cooking school that offers a wide variety of cooking programs across the GTA. We began with in-home private lessons and have now expanded to include 10 locations of cooking day camps, in-home birthday parties after school programs and school workshops. We recognize that learning new skills, especially cooking, can be intimidating; that’s why we build our programs to be fun, inviting, as well as intensive. Our programs and services always emphasize themes of healthy eating, and teach our students how to live a fulfilling healthy life. Our mission is simple: to equip kids with life skills that will help them build self confidence, and make them more successful in and out of the kitchen.”


So, let’s COOK up some fun — we guarantee that you will eat up the excitement as we challenge our contestants and announce the Rooks to Cooks YOUNG COOK OF THE YEAR!

Come out and join the fun!

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Markham Fair Prize Books – It’s that simple to Enter!

Look for a Section from the Prize Books. Pick the Section and best class that matches your entry. Fill out the appropriate Entry Form. Be sure to read the General Rules and Regulations. Bring the form into the Markham Fair Office on or before September 13, 2018, 8PM, with the appropriate entry

Rental Facilities

Markham Fair Grounds, located in York Region, can accommodate a variety of functions and gatherings. We are the host location for large trade and consumer shows as well as corporate celebrations, concerts, banquets and other special events.