The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off invites adventurous cooks, ages 10-15 years old, to sign up for our Junior Cook-Off! If you think you've got what it takes to cook up a dessert that would please any Old West cowboy on the trail, then register for this great event! Top three desserts receive awards.

The Junior Cook-Off took place on Friday, November 10 @ Tumbleweed Ranch.

In 2017, we had 25 participants; our largest group of competitors yet, and the largest in the country. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S WINNERS!

FIRST PLACE - Grace Beckler
SECOND PLACE - Nayelli Banuelos
THIRD PLACE - Tory Robertson


  • Youth will be assigned to work with a Wagon Team, who will provide guidance.
  • Youth will select one of three recipes, including a fruit upside down cake, a fruit cobbler, or a fruit buckle.
    • ​Cobblers traditionally consist of a stewed fruit filling covered with a layer of biscuits or dumplings placed close together and baked.
    • A buckle is made by spooning cooked fruit on top of a thin butter cake batter and then baking until the batter had risen through and above the fruit. A streusel topping can be added.
    • Upside-down cake is just that; a cake baked with fruit on the bottom and then flipped over when served to reveal a fruit topping.
  • Youth will receive the recipe (with the type of fruit) before the competition, and the ingredients when you arrive. A Dutch oven can be provided if the participant does not have one. Please let us know if you need a dutch oven.
  • Along with the basic recipe, you may add THREE of your own spices and/or sweeteners true to the 1880s chuck wagon era (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, etc.) to "personalize" your entry. More information will be provided to participants.
  • No nuts, alcohol, cheese, additional fruit or commercially boxed products can be used.
  • No liner pans or inserts allowed in Dutch oven.
  • Dessert must be cooked on site using wood fires and Dutch ovens.
  • This is an individual event, no parent help allowed.
  • Check in at 9:30 a.m.
  • Dessert must be delivered to judging station at 11:30 a.m.
  • Awards announced at 1 p.m.
  • Use your imagination and bake your best dessert!
Application and Waiver for participants

1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded!

Jumior CooksPast Winners:

1st Place: Megan Burke
2nd Place: Jacob Johnson
3rd Place: Carter Olson

1st Place: Emma Barrera
2nd Place: Hali Gladish (tie)
2nd Place: Madelyn Olson (tie)

1st Place: Harrison Oakes
2nd Place: Emma Barrera
3rd Place: Hali Gladish

1st Place: Emily Anasagasti
2nd Place: Mikayla Sedgwick
3rd Place: Alexandra Arrowood