The Taste Northwest
  • The Taste Cooks! Chefs Wanted.

    The Taste Cooks! Chefs Wanted.

    We are looking for the area’s finest chefs and up-and-coming talent to showcase their culinary skills in front of a live audience at The Taste Northwest, June 30 - July 2.

Showcase Your Culinary Skills

  • What You Need To Know

    The Taste Cooks!, hosted by Seattle-based creator and host of James Beard Award nominated podcast “Your Last Meal,” Rachel Belle brings fun & excitement to a live stage featuring a selection of the area's best chefs and food enthusiasts over all three days of The Taste Northwest.

    Rachel will ensure that, whether you’re seasoned in front of a live audience, or a little nervous, you are bound to have a memorable experience. The host will engage with each chef during the cook-off sessions, ask questions, take audience questions, and guide you from start to finish. Bon appetite!

  • Who Can Apply & What You Get

    We are looking for chefs from all walks of life. Whether you’re a professional caterer, corporate chef, sous chef or registered in a culinary arts program, The Taste Cooks! is the stage for you. 

    Chefs will receive $150 for their participation in each 1-hour session, plus $25 in food tickets and one complimentary parking pass. Chefs may participate in multiple sessions/days if available! The final schedule will be determined by The Taste Northwest.

  • Mystery Ingredients Cook-Off

    Are you ready for some fast cooking action? Chefs will go head-to-head in a mystery ingredient cook-off! Chefs will be given 3 mystery ingredients, a small pantry of basic cooking staples and 20 minutes to make their dish. 

    The host will count down and emcee the cook-off, engaging chefs and the audience during this fast-paced and exciting event. Each chef will present their final entree to a judging panel selected from the audience, who, after tasting the dish, will determine the winner. 

    All competitions will be done on a fully-equipped stage including pots, pans, stove top, blenders and other appliances. Chefs are welcome to bring their own knives and any specialty pans.

  • Dates & Schedule

    The Taste Cooks! runs each day of the event:

    • Friday June 30
    • Saturday July 1
    • Sunday July 2

    Timeslots are 1-hour in duration and begin at 12:30pm with the last time slot at 6:30pm.

Register for The Taste Cooks!

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