For Official Contest Rules go to
  • Wed, May 8: Video submission period begins.
  • Fri, June 7 at 11:59pm: Video submission period ends.
  • Wed, June 12: Semi-Final Entrants selected and notified
  • Wed, June 12: Honorary Mention Most Voted Video Winner announced.
  • Mon, June 24: Semi-Final Cook-Off at John’s store locations.
  • Wed, June 26 at 11:59pm: Semi-Final video submission deadline.
  • Mon, July 1: Finalist Entrants selected and notified.
  • Mon, July 22: Final Cook-Off in Las Vegas. Grand Prize Winner selected.

Q: Who is an “Entrant”
A: An “Entrant” is the child.

Q: How will initial video submissions be judged?
A: Initial video submissions will be scored using the following criteria:
  • Recipe/Food Appearance (25%)
  • Child’s demonstration of cooking (25%)
  • Child’s explanation of why they like to cook/personality and camera presence (50%)
Q: Will voting have any impact on my child’s score?
A: No, voting has no bearing on the selection of entrants into the Semi-finals.

Q: What is the age limit for the contest?
A: Your child is eligible to enter the contest if they are between the ages of 7-12 as of May 8, 2019.

Q: When is the deadline to submit the video?
A: The video submission deadline is June 7 at 11:59pm.

Q: How do I submit my video?
A: You can submit your video by going to and follow the steps.

Q: What can my child cook in the video?
A: Your child can cook or bake any dish.

Q: Can I help my child cook in the video?
A: No, your child must cook their own dish and communicate on their own behalf in the video. See Official Rules for eligibility and details.

Q: How do I know you received my video?
A: You will get an email message confirming receipt of your video.

Q: How do I know if my child was as a Semi-finalist?
A: If your child’s score qualifies for the Semi-finals, you will be notified by email on June 10, 2019.

Q: How many children will be competing in the Semi-finals?
A: A total of up to 65 children will be invited to the Semi-finals. Up to 5 children per John’s location will compete in the Semi-finals.

Q: Do I need to acknowledge the liability waiver and standard release for me to enter my video?
A: Yes, a liability waiver and standard release is required so we know you are accepting the terms for entering the semi-finals if your child is chosen.
SEMI-FINALS: Monday, June 24, 2019

Q: What time should I arrive?
A: Registration is at 2:00pm. Enter through the Party Central Entrance.

Q: Do we have to pay to get into John’s? A: At Registration you will receive (4) Free Admission passes along with (4) $5 FunCards. Admission includes Buffet & Beverage. Free Admission is for the Child, a Parent/Guardian and two additional guests.

Q: Do all other family or friends have to Pay Admission?
A: Yes. John’s requires paid Admission for entry. View Admission pricing at


Q: What type of dish can I bring?
A: You can choose any recipe. The recipe does not need to be the same as in the video. The recipe should mainly be prepared outside John’s with final assembly at John’s.

Q: Will there be a place to store my food before the competition?
A: No, you must provide your own cooler or warming holder. No electricity will be provided. See further details below.

Q: How much time will I have to prepare my dish?
A: You will be escorted to the room to prepare your dish after you register. You will have approximately 30 minutes to plate your dish.

Q: What type of cooking surface-space is provided?
A: The child will have a 3’x3’ table space that is covered with a tablecloth.

Q: Does John’s provide electricity?
A: No electricity is available in John’s prior or during the event.

Q: Can I bring in a portable oven, grill or refrigerator?
A: Cooking and cooling units such as ovens, mini-refrigerators, grills of any type and all types of battery packs/generators are not allowed in John’s.

Q: Does John’s provide cooking supplies and utensils?
A: John’s will provide a portable hand washing station and plastic utensils for the judges. All other supplies such as plates, knives, cutting boards, mixing spoons and other kitchen items must be supplied by Entrant.

Q: Does John’s supply towels?
A: John’s will supply each child with (4) kitchen towels.

Q: Does John’s supply drinking water?
A: John’s will have drinking water in the room.

Q: How much food should we prepare?
A: There will be up to (3) judges.

Q: How many people can be in the room with my child?
A: Only one person can be in the room with your child for supervision only. The child must do the actual preparation and presentation of their dish. This person must be their parent or legal guardian.

Q: How will the Semi-finals be judged?
A: Entrants will be scored using the following criteria:
  • Recipe/Food Appearance at Semi-Finals (25%)
  • Taste at Semi-Finals (25%)
  • Personality and Camera Presence on video submitted after Semi-Finals (50%)
Q: What time will my dish be judged?
A: Be ready to present to the judges at 3:00pm.

Q: How long does my child have to present?
A: Your child will have up to 2 minutes to present and speak.

Q: What does my child say/do when being judged?
A: The child will be asked to describe their dish and the reason they want to be the John’s Kids Cook-off Champion.


Q: Am I required to video my child at the Semi-finals?
A: Yes, the parent/guardian is responsible for recording their child’s presentation to the judges at the Semi-finals. After the semi-finals the video must be submitted by the deadline. The video should be the unedited presentation and speech your child gave about their dish to the judges.

Q: How long should the video be?
A: The video cannot exceed 2 minutes.

Q: How do I submit my video?
A: You can submit your video by going to and follow the steps.

Q: When is the Semi-finals video submission due?
A: The submission deadline is: June 26, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Q: Will my child receive anything at the Semi-finals?
A: Yes, your child will be presented with a “Certificate” at the end of the event. You will also have time to take pictures with our Mascot IncrediBear.

Q: Will the Finalists be announced at the event?
A: No, the (3) Finalists will be selected and notified via email on July 1, 2019.

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