Save Mart California’s Kitchen

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Share your enthusiasm and knowledge by becoming a culinary demonstrator at the California State Fair. If you are interested in demonstrating and promoting your passion to our 750,000+ guests, check out the following opportunities:

CA Sampling, Sales & Education Center Information & Application

These booths frame some of California’s most outstanding commodities and spotlights a variety of produce, products, and beverages made in California.

Cooking Theatre Demonstration Information & Application

Share your enthusiasm and knowledge for all things food and cooking by becoming a Demonstrator at the California State Fair!

Promote your restaurant, food truck, cookbook, cultural cuisine, web blog, healthy lifestyle message, or personal passion.

Taste of California Education Center Educator Information & Application

The educated consumer is a powerful tool to increase sales of high-quality California products. Industry Professionals are invited to lead tasting and experience classes for fair guests on topics such as California olive oil, wine, beer, cider, and cheese.

New class topic proposals are welcome! Learn more about experience classes here.

Cooking Challenges

Dinner 911 Cooking Challenge Information and Application

First Responders face off in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair.

Teams of two Firefighters, Police Officers and Emergency Medical Technicians will use a mystery ingredient to prepare a 3-course meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified judges.

Professional Chef Cooking Challenge Information & Application

Represent your restaurant or business and compete in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair.

Individual professional chefs will use a mystery ingredient to prepare a 3-course meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified judges.

California Junior Chef Cooking Challenge Information and Application

Aspiring Junior Chefs and their Grown-Up Sous Chefs are invited to participate in a live cooking challenge at the California State Fair.

Junior Chefs will create and prepare an original recipe with a California twist in one of three exciting rounds.

Postal Service Cooking Challenge Information Application

We are looking for the Mail Carrier who can really deliver… in the kitchen!

Teams of two amateur chefs will use mystery ingredients to prepare a 3-course, home-style meal in front of a live fair audience and a panel of qualified judges.

To sign up, contact Ralph Petty (petty-r@pacbell.net).

MRE means “Meal Ready to Eat.”

National Guard Soldiers and Military Veterans are invited to team up and challenge their culinary process by turning military-issue MRE’s and other provided ingredients into one delicious, gourmet-plate.

To sign up, contact PAO@calvet.ca.gov

Chef Cooking Challenge at Save Mart California's Kitchen
911 Cooking Challenge at Save Mart California's Kitchen
MRE Cooking Challenge at Save Mart California's Kitchen


Cooking Theatre Danny Johnson Butchering Demo


CA Jr. Chef Challenge Competitors


Dinner 911! First Responders Cooking Challenge Final Round Winners, Judges and MC
Professional Chef Challenge Champion, Chef David Fujimura
Made in California Sampling & Sales booth, Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates
CA Olive Oil Sampling & Sales Booth, Best of Show Winners, Bondolio Olive Oil
CA Honey Sampling & Sales Booth, Chico Honey Co.
CA Fruit Cart, Pear Sampling by the Pear Fair