Sunshine Kitchen hosts student culinary cook-off Oct. 25


The public is invited to a Culinary Cook-Off as the Sunshine Kitchen hosts a student cooking challenge on Tuesday, Oct. 25, starting at 10 a.m. for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship.

Presented by the Treasure Coast Education and Research Development Authority, this student cooking contest will pair Indian River State College students with St. Lucie Public School students as they compete for $1,500 in scholarship funds. Prep work will begin at 9:50 a.m.; cooking starts at 10:05 a.m.; judging will take place at 11:05 a.m., with awards being presented at noon.

The categories/winning divisions included: 

• Plate Appearance

• Taste/Flavor

• Teamwork/Cooperation

• Proper Cooking Procedures

• Knife Skills

• Degree of Difficulty

• Sanitation/Food Safety

Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded with funding provided by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners. Scholarships will be paid to the St. Lucie County Public Schools Education Foundation and Indian River State College Education Foundation.

The public is invited to attend and enjoy this free event. Refreshments will be provided by middle school students enrolled in culinary programs through the St. Lucie Public School District. Those interested in attending should register before Wednesday, Oct. 19 by emailing: [email protected] or calling 772-467-3107.

Located inside the Treasure Coast Research Park, the Sunshine Kitchen is a 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art food incubator where chefs, caters, food truck operators, and more can hone their culinary skills. The Sunshine Kitchen Food Business Incubator is located at 7550 Pruitt Research Center Road, Fort Pierce, Fla. 34545. For more details, visit

The Sunshine Kitchen is owned and operated by the Treasure Coast Education and Research Development Authority and the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners.



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