The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services welcomes you to the NC Farm to School program Web site.

The NC Farm to School program has been supplying school cafeterias across our state with the freshest, locally grown produce from North Carolina farms since 1997. I hope this site is a useful resource for child nutrition directors, teachers, parents and students who may be seeking information about nutrition, agriculture facts, classroom activities and even field trip opportunities.






NC Junior Chef Competition

The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is excited to partner with the NC Department of Public Instruction and NC FCCLA on the North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition!

Beginning 2019, NC Jr. Chef Competition will take place in conjunction with the NC FCCLA Culinary and Baking & Pastry Competition Day, February 7th, 2020 at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte!

The North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition (NCJCC) seeks student created and tested recipes for school meals. The goal of the NCJCC is to inspire students to be involved in the development of healthier eating habits, especially when it comes to school meals. In addition, the intent of the competition is to inspire the next generation of culinary professionals, stimulate interest in locally produced agriculture, provide nutrition education, and ultimately increase consumption of healthy school meals.

The NCJCC will recognize students for their ability to work as members of a team to demonstrate valuable skills in recipe development, food preparation, marketing, public presentation, organization, and local food systems. The NCJCC consists of two parts: 1) a recipe contest and 2) cook-off. Student teams must develop a recipe that meets the guidelines to submit for the NCJCC recipe contest. During the NCJCC cook-off, finalist teams must prepare, cook and plate their recipe and present (2) plates of their prepared recipe to judges.

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2019 NC Jr. Chef Sponsors
Farm to School Coalition of NC
Johnson & Wales University
North Carolina Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
NC Farm Bureau

School Nutrition Association of North Carolina
NC SweetPotato Commission