Utah Foods Cook-Off

Utah Foods Cook OFf

Win a Thanksgiving Point Family Membership!

Saturday, July 24th 2021
Garden Room, Ashton Gardens

To commemorate Pioneer Day weekend, we want you to show off your Utah food pride and bring your family recipe to compete for awesome prizes including family memberships, admission passes, and more!

Registration is now Closed.




  • Funeral Potatoes
  • Jell-O
  • Fry Sauce
  • Dutch Oven Fare
  • Homemade Root Beer


10:00am: Doors Open

10:30am: Presentation Dish and Judging Dish Due

12:30pm: Winners announced


The winner in each category will receive a family or grandparents membership, a $275 value. Runner-ups will receive other fabulous prizes including venue passes.



  • Categories have a limited number of entrants. 
  • Competition takes place in the Garden Room at Ashton Gardens.  There is no fee associated with entering.
  • Participants are limited to one entry per category.
  • You may enter the Utah Cook-Off as an individual or as a team. Teams can consist of any number of entrants.
  • Entrants may be professional cooks, chefs, culinary instructors, employees of contest sponsors, their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotional agencies or individuals.
  • All dishes must be prepared off site including garnishes. For safety reasons, it is your responsibility to make sure all dishes and meats are stored at the correct temperatures. All meat must be USDA inspected.
  • Thanksgiving Point will provide white serving plates or bowls for presenting to the judges.
  • Entrants must bring one dish for display and a second dish to be presented to the three Judges.
  • Points will be deducted accordingly for any late presentations.
  • Interaction with the public is encouraged. Please be courteous in sharing cooking information. 
  • All judging decisions are final. 
  • Prizes are awarded one per team.


Judging Criteria (each criteria is judged on a scale from 1-10)

  • Appearance
  • Texture
  • Taste
  • Creativity/Originality
  • X Factor (kitsch, crazy, bonus points)

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