Since 2008, nearly 5,000 Vermont middle and high school students have participated in this ground-breaking culinary competition. Along the way, they’ve not only created and prepared recipes from scratch, they’ve learned about local agriculture and nutrition, established relationships with peers, chefs, and local farmers, developed confidence, and honed teamwork, leadership, and communication skills.

Here what some of the students have to say:

Without Jr Iron Chef, I would have never fell in love with cooking.
Because of Jr Iron Chef, I make healthier food decisions.
Because of Jr Iron Chef, I know how to be a good leader.

Thank you for your interest in helping us make the Jr Iron Chef VT program accessible to all Vermont kids! If you’d like to become a sponsor or have any questions, please email Jr Iron Chef VT Co-coordinator Kerrie Mathes: