JIC team
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Time: 9:00AM–3:30PM
Event Type: 
Special Event
Location: The Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl Street Essex Junction, VT 05452
Fee: $3 per individual or $5 per family (up to 4 people)

The Jr Iron Chef VT 2020 Competition on Saturday, March 14 is cancelled.

March 12, 2020 11:45AM

To our wonderful Jr. Iron Chef Vermont community, 

We write with the news that we have decided to cancel our Junior Iron Chef VT event on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. We promised you that we would monitor and respond to the unfolding reality of COVID-19, and in the past two days, that reality has changed. WHO has announced a global pandemic, many Vermont colleges have cancelled classes, and an additional case of the virus in Chittenden County has been confirmed. 

The Vermont FEED partners, NOFA-VT and Shelburne Farms, take seriously our collective responsibility to those most vulnerable in our society. We are committed to helping to flatten the curve of this infection rate to slow the spread of the virus

We want to acknowledge and honor the immense amount of work that the students, coaches, families, judges, sponsors, friends and organizations have invested in this event, and their sadness at the event’s cancellation. However, we also want to acknowledge that Jr Iron Chef is so much more than this culminating event. The heart of Junior Iron Chef VT has always been about celebrating and creating community through food, and this important work has already happened, as students have worked as teams to develop their recipes in the months leading up to the event. Despite the event’s cancellation, we are proud of the students and inspired by their energy and commitment. They make us hopeful about the future of our agricultural community here in the state of Vermont.

Thanks to all of you for your understanding. We are living in extraordinary times, and we all need each other. 

With gratitude, 

The Junior Iron Chef Planning Team from VT FEED, a project of NOFA-VT + Shelburne Farms

If you have any questions, please contact us at: [email protected]

Jr Iron Chef VT is a statewide culinary competition that challenges teams of middle and high school students to create healthy, local dishes that inspire school meal programs, so students understand how they can effect change in the food system. During their Jr Iron Chef VT experience, students:

  • Develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Gain critical life skills in the kitchen
  • Learn about local agriculture and nutrition
  • Establish relationships with peers, chefs, and local farmers
  • Build confidence
  • Become advocates for effecting change in the food system

Students work hard year-round to qualify and prepare for this exciting competition! For more information visit

Competition Schedule & DETAILS

  • Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction
  • Morning heat: 9:30–11:00AM; awards 12:00–12:30PM
  • Afternoon heat: 12:30–2:00PM; awards 3:00–3:30PM

Concession stand and activity room will be onsite for your enjoyment - activities and snacks for the whole family!

Jr Iron Chef VT is a program of Vermont FEED, our Farm to School partnership project with NOFA-VT.

Registration Details: 

No registration necessary. Pay at the door.

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