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Strawberry Recipe Contest


Congratulations to 12-year old Danielle, 6-year old Sophie and 4-year-old Archer!

To get the recipes and see the winning videos, visit our Heart of Farmers Blog.

Get ready to see some creative strawberry recipes from some of California strawberry farmer's favorite fans - kids! Do you have a child, nephew or niece who loves strawberries and loves to cook? If so, enter them in the California Strawberries Summer #KidsCookOff! See details below!

You’re never too young to take an interest in the culinary arts--at least, that’s what MasterChef Junior Season 3 Winner and California native Nathan Odom thinks. That is why this month he is partnering with the California Strawberry Commission to introduce the first annual Kid’s Berry Cook-Off Contest. Check Nathan's video and strawberry recipe for a little inspiration!

Contest Runs July 1-31, 2015 - Qualified contestants can enter to win up to $1,000 in prizes!


Entry Details
  • Adults 18 or older can enter kids ages 4 to 14. Participants prepare a simple strawberry recipe with five ingredients or less. Parents or guardians (adults over 18) then submit a how-to video (two minutes or less) via Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #KidsCookoff. Alternatively, photos can be submitted via Instagram and Twitter including ingredient list (and #kidscookoff). The contest runs July 1 - July 31 with the winners notified on August 12. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 Amazon gift card and a personal congratulations via video from Nathan.

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    Grand Prize - $500 Amazon Gift Card

    Second Prize - $350 Amazon Gift Card

    Third Prize - $150 Amazon Gift Card


    California Strawberry Commission representatives and Nathan Odom will select the winning recipe from all eligible entries. Previously published recipes will be disqualified. This includes recipes such as, but not limited to, those in cookbooks, magazines, from food companies, on food blogs, or recipe websites, and winners in cooking contests, unless the recipe features significant changes.  Contestants are solely responsible for complying with any applicable copyright restrictions and California Strawberry Commission assumes no obligation in that regard. 

    Winner Notification/Announcement:

    Winners will be notified confidentially by August 12, 2015 and announced with winning recipes on California Strawberries Facebook page and/or blog during that week.


    Contestants must be U.S. citizens, and parents or guardians submitting recipes must be at least 18 years old and not an employee of California Strawberry Commission (sponsor) or an immediate family member of a Commission employee (husband/wife, child, sibling) to enter. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+. Participant releases California Strawberry Commission, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ of any liability. Entries will be judged on creativity and selected by California Strawberry Commission. California Strawberry Commission reserves the right to disqualify an entry for any reason, at any time. All entries must note that the tweet, post or video share is an entry into a contest (examples: #contest, I just entered a contest, etc.). By participating in this contest, participant grants sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness, and photograph and/or video for future promotional purposes in connection with this contest without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless restricted by law.

    About Nathan:

    Chef Nathan Odom is a 13 year old from San Diego, California, who is accredited for winning season three of MasterChef Junior. At the age of 10, he joined a class at his school taught by Chef Ricardo Heredia, the Scratch Culinary Education Program, which culminated in students preparing a three course meal at a local farm-to-table restaurant. Nathan continued home cooking for the next two years, until he saw an audition opportunity for MasterChef Junior. At the age of 12, he auditioned for the show, made it to the Top 19, and beat out the rest of his competitors earning him the title of  “MasterChef Junior Champion.” In the future, he hopes to go to pastry school in France or Japan, and achieve his dream of opening up a patisserie in Japan that sells modern fusion pastries.


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