Ace’s Jr. Chef Competition

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 2019 Ace’s Junior Chef Competition

Click here to submit and online entry
Click here to download a paper of of the entry form

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

Deadline: Completed submissions are due by 12:00 PM on April 17, 2019.

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.  Online submissions system will open on Monday, April 1st.  Hard copies can be submitted to your school office or cafeteria.

2.  Take a picture of the prepared recipe.  Photos can be e-mailed to or hard copies returned to your child’s school.

** All submissions are used to make the 2019 Ace’s Jr. Chef Cookbook.  Poor quality photos and submissions will not print well for the cookbook.**

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

2. Incorporation of healthy ingredients. 

3.  Ability to incorporate recipe into the NISD Elementary School menu.
     (Please consider labor intensity, ability to mass produce, cost of
      ingredients and equipment needs.)

4.  Explanation of why the recipe is healthy.

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

Who Will Judge The Competition?
1.  The principal will pick the school’s winning submission and it will become a Semi-Finalist.

2.  The NISD Food Service Department’s leadership team will pick one overall winner from all the schools’ Semi-Finalist.  That student will be the official Grand Prize winner.

What Will The Winners & Contestants Receive? 

Grand Prize Winner

  • Recipe served on May’s Elementary School menu. The recipe served at the school may slightly change to meet government guidelines.

  • Recipe featured at NISD Food Show on April 30th at Eaton High School.

  • Name highlighted on May’s Elementary School menu.

  • Receive an Ace Cooking Kit. 


  • Names highlighted on May’s Elementary School menu.

All Contestants

  •  Entries displayed at the NISD Food Show on April 30th at Eaton High School.

  • A copy of the 2019 Ace Cookbook with a collection of all submissions.  Cookbooks will be delivered to students before the last day of school. 

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

Ace’s Junior Chef Competition
Photo of 2017 Winner
Photo of 2017 Ace Winner getting cooking kit
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


Aislinn M., 2nd grader at Sendera Ranch Elementary School, won the 2017 Ace’s Junior Chef Competition.  Aislinn won the competition with her BBQ Chicken Slider recipe. She won an Ace cooking kit and her dish was featured on April’s lunch menu. Aislinn along with all the school winners received an Ace’s cookbook.

2017 Semi-Finalist





Gracie C.

Apple Dough-Nots 


Victoria T.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls 


Harlem J.

Apple Donuts 


Analise M.

Moist Banana Pumpkin 


Xochitl R.

Fruit Salad Blast 


Rylee M.

Tomato Mozzarella Salad 


Merek W.

Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Free Perfect White Cupcake 

Sendera Ranch 

Aislinn M.

Ace’s Junior Chef Winner 

BBQ Chicken Sliders

Below are some examples of 2017 submissions.

Apple Dough-Nots Submission

White Cupcake Submission

Fruit Salad Blast Submission

Moist Banana Pumpkin Cherry Bread Submission

Sofia's Funtastic Buffalo Chicken Wrap Submission

Vietnamese Spring Roll Submission

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