Announcing our 2017 Hands-on Cook-off Winners!

Meet the winners of the eighth annual Hands-on Cook-off Contest!

We’ve just wrapped up our beloved Hands-on Cook-off contest with a record-breaking 51 entries from across BC!

This year’s contest was exceptional in so many ways. In addition to celebrating the importance of cooking and eating together, we celebrated “family” - whatever family might mean to you.  Through the amazing array of cooking videos representing 24 different communities across the province, we were given a window not only into your kitchens but into your family. Thank you!  

Without further ado, please meet this year's contest winners:

Multi-generational Category:

Grand Prize goes to Cake in a Mug—4 Ways

Runner-up is Lila’s Fried Rice

Youth Category:                   

Grand Prize goes to Bio-Bites

Runner-up is Espresso Butter Cookies

And this year’s People’s Choice award goes to the following winners:

Youth categoryIsabelle and Roman's Hands-on Cook-off Contest

Youth category: Roasted Baby Potatoes with Sesame Seeds

Multi-generational category: Frazer's Basil Pesto Pasta

Multi-generational category: Chef Evan’s Macaghetti!!

Our Random Prize Draw, for $500 cash goes to: Rainbow Burst.

Our Instagram Prize draw, for a $250 gift card goes to: Gary and Kai making grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon for lunch


Given the many wonderful entries, our panel of judges  would like to acknowledge the following Honourable Mentions:

Multi-generational Category:

 Youth Category:

To everyone who entered, your videos will inspire many youth and families across BC to get into the kitchen and start cooking together! Here are a few highlights of the 2017 Hands-on Cook-off Contest:

  • Some children were so over-the-moon excited about the contest that they planned and filmed their video entirely on their own.

  • Independence was a key theme - as many kids chose their own recipes, wrote their own scripts and directed the videos themselves.

  • Schools participated in a big way. Many Home Economics teachers from across the province encouraged their students to participate.

  • We heard from many parents that they were very grateful for the opportunity to participate in this accessible and inclusive contest.

  • Each video entry provides a valuable window into the family recipes and traditions of our community.

  • Youth were our most important spokespeople. Watch the video here.

It’s quite clear, the best memories made, are in the kitchen! We thank each and every participant for inviting us in!

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