The following Create Cooking Challenge Submission Instructions and Submission Form will be available for review starting Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at The submission period begins and the Submission Form goes live on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. ET.

Create Cooking Challenge Submission Instructions

A national competition focused on giving Create viewers – both home-based and professional chefs – a chance to share their culinary ability, knowledge and expertise with viewers via a video of two (2) minutes or less featuring their favorite culinary tip, recipe, project or idea. All entries MUST be submitted online.

To Enter:

  1. Create a video – two (2) minutes or less– showing your skill and enthusiasm. Enter the Create Cooking Challenge to compete for the chance of being featured on as the host of your own web series. (See the criteria below.)
    1. Do what you know best.
    2. Show your culinary skills in the kitchen, outdoors, in a market or other appropriate venue.
    3. Be sure to read all of the Official Rules. We've added some links in section 4 of the Create Cooking Challenge Official Rules to help you create your video with a camera or even a smartphone.
    4. Remember you are "teaching" your audience.
    5. Do not mention product brand names or allow the product brand name to be seen on container/package labels or elsewhere. For instance, it is better to pre-measure an ingredient and place it in a glass container or measuring cup than to pour directly from the bottle. When not practical to do so, position products so the brand name is not visible on camera.
    6. Do not use any music.
    7. Consider these additional video production tips before you create your Submission:
      • Video tips:
        • Be careful to white-balance correctly using your camera's video settings.
        • You may need to try different settings for fluorescent, incandescent or natural light, depending on where you are shooting.
        • Do test recordings first, and adjust lighting to avoid 'hot spots' (too much light) reflecting off white cabinets, counters or tables.
      • Audio tips:
        • Get the best audio by using an external microphone placed on or near the talent.
          • Try a lavalier mic (the kind you attach to your clothes). Do your best to hide the mic's wire under your clothing.
          • Or, use a "shotgun" mic (handheld or one that attaches to a door or tripod). Try to place it out of the frame, if you can.
        • Using the built-in mic on a camera or smart phone will likely result in hollow, echo-y or muffled-sounding audio.
        • When you test the video for lighting, test the mic you are using to be sure it is capturing your voice as you want it heard.
      • No music:
        • Do not add music to your videos. The sounds we want to hear are your voice telling us about the tip, recipe, etc., and the preparation of food.
        • If your video is chosen for Create, we may use Create-related music as appropriate.
      • Be sure to view your video before submitting to be sure it is clearly visible, with working sound, and no longer that two (2) minutes (not even a second longer)
    8. Have fun!
  2. Upload your video to your personal YouTube page. (If you don’t have a YouTube page, you will need to set one up to enter. It is free and easy. Just go to and follow the directions.) You have between 12 a.m. ET, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 and 11:59 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to submit your video.
  3. Once you have uploaded your video to YouTube, be sure your video is set to either “public” or “unlisted” on YouTube, and be sure to view your video before submitting it to be sure it is visible on YouTube and the sound is clear. Once you feel confident about the final video, return to’s Create Cooking Challenge Submission Form page (
  4. Complete the Submission Form – all TEN sections. If you don’t complete the form in its entirety, your entry will not be entered into the competition.
  5. Be sure to look for an email acknowledgement that your Submission Form has been received. This tells you that your entry is accepted in the competition. Acknowledgement will come from


The Create team will be curating entries soon after receipt to see if they meet the specific guidelines set forth in the Create Cooking Challenge Official Rules ( The initial review will end on or about March 27th, with up to approximately 40 final video entries being passed along to the final judges' panel for their review and award selection. Final judges will base their decisions upon:

  • 30%: Demonstrated knowledge, skills and familiarity in working with food, subject matter and understanding of the idea/subject
  • 25%: Ability to present all ideas clearly within the allotted time, enunciating well and using correct pronunciation
  • 20%: Use of the camera frame and setting the stage – ensures that Entrant and/or close-ups are in focus and clear and video matches what Entrant is saying
  • 20%: Telegenic appeal – appearance and how well the Entrant engages with the audience: looks at camera, smiles, dresses appropriately, demonstrates comfort and organization in front of the camera in staging and presentation
  • 5%: Unique idea, recipe or tip, and manner of presentation (use of additional visuals to support quality of message)

The winner notification period begins on Friday, April 27, 2018 and ends on Friday, May 4, 2018. The Create team will attempt to contact winners during this time, or alternates if necessary, in accordance with the Official Rules. The winners will be announced on or about Friday, May 18, 2018.

There will be one Grand Prize Winner who will receive $4,000 and production equipment valued at approximately $1,000 to complete 10 or more additional episodes to create a Web series for public viewing on! For a complete list of prizes, see the Create Cooking Challenge Official Rules (

For a paper copy of the Official Rules or a complete listing of winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Official Rules, Create Cooking Challenge, c/o American Public Television, 55 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110. Requests received without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be fulfilled.