November 5, 2020

As our cooking challenge has been getting more competitive each week we are now proceeding with shortened blocks, giving all new students a chance to compete as well.

Welcome to the September Block of the Escoffier Boulder Challenge!

The Escoffier Boulder Challenge is a way for Boulder Campus students to show off their cooking skills by participating in a weekly cooking challenge to win gift cards to our favorite local restaurants.

How It Works:

Each Thursday, we announce a new challenge with a featured theme or ingredient. Students prepare a dish that best represents the featured challenge and post a photo of the dish on Instagram using the hashtag #EscoffierBoulderChallenge by the following Wednesday at midnight.

Contest Rules:

Our Chef Instructor judges panel will select three winners based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity and implementation of weekly theme/ingredient
  • Plating and presentation
  • Technique

Weekly Themes:

  • Week 1 Challenge – September 24-28: Tomatoes
  • Week 2 Challenge – September 29 – October 7: Sweet Corn
  • Week 3 Challenge – October 8 – 14: Carrots
  • Week 4 Challenge – October 15 – 21: Squash
  • Week 5 Challenge – October 22 – 28: Kale
  • Week 6 Challenge – October 29 – November 4: Birthday Cake


Each week three finalists will receive a gift card to redeem at a predetermined local restaurant or may request an Amazon gift card for the amount of:

  • First place: $50
  • Second place: $35
  • Third Place: $25

Week One Winners:

Whether you say toe-may-toe or toe-mah-toe we say congratulations to our Tomato challenge winners. Each will receive a gift card to Mercantile.

Week Two Winners:

Our entries were a bit ‘corny’ this week, but we loved them anyway! Congratulations to our Sweetcorn challenge winners. Each will receive a gift card to River and Woods.

Week Three Winners:

The harvest was bountiful this week with all our wonderful cool weather garden carrot dish entries. Such a wide variety of tastes and styles.  Congrats to all our winners.  Each will receive a gift card to Mizuna.

Week Four Winners:

The creativity for our Squash themed week didn’t disappoint. Congratulations to all our Week Four winners. Each will receive a gift card to Basta.

Week Five Winners:

Congratulations to our Week Five kreative Kale konnoisseurs. These dishes are fresh, innovative and beautiful. Each will receive a gift card to Mercantile.

Week Six Winners:

Congratulations to our final September block winners. As we celebrated Auguste’s birthday on the 28th, we thought that a birthday cake challenge was in order and the entries blew the candles out for sure! Each will receive a gift card to Spruce Confections.