CHOPT (Student Culinary Competition)
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CHOPT (Student Culinary Competition)

Do you love to cook for family and friends? Have a passion for the culinary crafts? Aspire to be the "Top Chef"?

Then you are the perfect candidate to participate in our annual CHOPT student cooking competition. Three selected teams from each residence neighbourhood will have the opportunity to battle it out for the title of "Top Student Chef(s)". Successful teams will be chosen based on the most creative and enthusiastic submissions.

The CHOPT cooking competition will be divided into three events—one for each residence neighbourhood. There will be three residences hosting the events, and students from surrounding buildings can enter for the residence within their neighbourhood either individually or by teaming up with a friend.

To participate, please complete the Online Registration Form and in a few short sentences tell us why you should be chosen to represent your residence neighbourhood in the annual CHOPT competition.

Submit your application before January 13, 2020 to be eligible.

Good luck, and may the best Student Chef win!


Each residence neighbourhood can have three competing teams. See when CHOPT is coming to your area below. Although the competition itself runs for 45 minutes, with introductions, judging, awards presentation, etc., the event will run from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saugeen-Maitland Hall
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
MedSyd-Elgin Neighbourhood:
Delaware, Medway-Sydenham Hall, Elgin Hall & Alumni House
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Ontario Hall Neighbourhood:
Ontario Hall, Essex Hall, Perth Hall & London Hall
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Who can participate

  • Residence students have the option to sign up as a one- or two-member team.


  • No cost

Selection Process

  • Candidates must complete the online application form including a few lines explaining why they would be a good candidate to represent their residence neighbourhood
  • Three teams will be selected to compete in each residence neighbourhood
  • All participants will need to sign off that they are okay with being videotaped/photographed.

Prize Per residence

  • The Winning team selected by the judges will receive $100 (in total) credit to their Residence Meal Plan— plus bragging rights
  • Other two teams will each receive $50 credit to their Residence Meal Plan
  • People's Choice Award, one for each neighbourhood area, will be given to a team chosen by their peers, who will vote on which of the 3 entrée dishes they would like to be featured by Residence Dining.

Competition Regulations

  • Competitors will be given 45 minutes in which to create a main entrée recipe and present it to the panel of judges and student peers.
  • Competitors will each receive a black box with five ingredients which must be used in the creation of the dish. In addition, there will be a table of pantry items from which all competitors can choose additional food items for their recipes.
  • Student participants will have access to pots for boiling and simmering and pans for frying to cook their dish, in addition to any other necessary cooking utensils such as knives, cut gloves, cutting boards, spoons, whisks, etc.
  • Competitors will be judged on overall taste and appearance, as well as creative use of the black box ingredients.
  • The Unit Chef from each residence will oversee the competition for safety measures. They are available to consult during the competition.

Registration is currently closed. It will be open from December 1st 2019 until January 13th 2020