The Great Kugel Cook Off: Call for Entries

Posted on August 9, 2017 by

Inspired by the success of our Great Chicken Soup Cook Off the JMM couldn’t resist the opportunity to stage another culinary championship! This year’s star is everyone’s favorite Jewish side dish- Kugel!

Once again we invite Maryland’s greatest amateur cooks from newbies to bubbies to participate in this important statewide search: The Great Kugel Cook Off of 2017!

We are now accepting entries on a first come, first served basis from amateur cooks throughout Maryland. Spaces are limited, so early registration is recommended. Registration will close at 10:00pm on Monday, October 2nd! Due to limited space we ask that individuals only enter one category. One place in each category will be held for entrants 16 years of age a younger who will be eligible to win a separate award.

>>Click Here to Enter!<<


The cook off will consist of three separate categories. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category plus an overall “Best Kugel” winner.

>Sweet – From Yerushalmi to Sweet Potato, these Kugels can be made with noodles, vegetables, or any other Kugel classics you can think of. Just make sure it hits the sweet spot and is good enough for dessert!

>Savory – Onion, Salt and Pepper, and Potato are some of the favorites in this category. Show us your Bubbie’s recipe or your own interpretations.

>Nontraditional– This category can include things like vegan or gluten free kugel but it also includes any type of unconventional kugel your mind can come up with.


>This competition is open to all amateur cooks residing in Maryland.

>One available space in each category will be reserved for an entrant under 16 years of age, if this place is not filled it will be offered to a cook on the waiting list.

>Each entrant should provide at least one 9” by 13” pan, or equivalent, of their kugel – the more you provide the better your chances of winning the People’s Choice Award.

>All kugel should be brought to the museum warm and ready to serve, electrical outlets are not available.

>All entrants should be in the museum by 12:30pm on the day of the competition, ready to serve by 1pm.

>Winners for each category, plus an overall winner, will be announced at 3pm.

>Entrants must stay with their kugel throughout the judging period to serve and answer questions.

>While there are no limits to creativity, we do ask that all kugels conform to kosher standards. This means that all kugels must be vegetarian (dairy or pareve) and only consist of kosher ingredients.


>Kugel Champion

>Best Sweet Kugel

>Best Savory Kugel

>Best Nontraditional Kugel

>Under 16 Champion

Questions? Contact Trillion Attwood at / 443.873.5177 for more info.

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  1. Lisa Harden says:

    I’ve been making my Bubby’s Kugel for years.
    I want to join your competition.
    Thank you and I’ll look forward to hearing back from you!

    Lisa Harden

  2. Jill says:

    We enjoyed the cook off and our looking to seeing who won, pictures of the event and the recipes. Do you know when you willl be posting that?

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