The Farmington Jr. Chef Competition showcased students’ culinary skills

Source: Knauf, Carl. “The Farmington Jr. Chef Competition showcased students’ culinary skills.” Albuquerque Journal, 28 September 2022,

Children plating food for cooking competitionStudents showcased their culinary prowess at the inaugural Farmington Junior Chef Competition held earlier this month.

The Farmington High School Scorpion Arena was filled with the delightful scent of roasting green chile on Sept. 17, as young chefs demonstrated their kitchen skills for the chance to win a scholarship.

Kelli Stradling, Food Service Director at K-12 by Elior, spoke about the origin of the event, “There was nothing like it in Farmington and I thought that the students would really enjoy having the opportunity to participate in something like this.”

Stradling said there were 12 teams present, ranging from fifth through ninth grade. She shared that they had 22 spots open, and grades four through 12 were eligible to enter.