Innovative Cooking Competition 2017

2016 winner, Yuki Itoh

So Sorry! Sold-Out Event!

Sponsored by Confucius Institute at UC Davis & Lee Kum Kee Sauces

If you are not a competing chef, but would still like to enjoy the excitement and fun of the competition and festivities, we invite you to join us for the Gala Dinner during which time the winners will be announced. Each guest will receive a Lee Kum Kee gift bag filled with a variety of their delicious sauces:

May 13, 2017

6:00 PM


Tickets Have Sold Out.

If you would like to reserve a table for 8, please purchase 8 tickets at the link above & email with the name under which your tickets were reserved.

$10 by April 30
$12 May 1 - May 8

Children (10 and under)
$5 by April 30
$8 May 1 - May 8


There is no charge to cancel if the request is received by May 6. A $1 cancellation fee will be charged for each canceled ticket beginning May 7.

The deadline has passed for recipe submissions, but please review the eligibility requirements below and start dreaming up a delicious recipe for 2018!

You are welcome to submit recipes for the second cooking competition of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis. The competition consists of two rounds. In the first round, you submit an original detailed recipe which includes at least one photo, all measured ingredients, and all cooking steps for the finished dish, You must also incorporate at least one Lee Kum Kee sauce* into your recipe.  If your recipe is selected for the final round, you will be invited to prepare the dish on site on May 13, 2017. The deadline for recipe submissions is April 1 at 5 pm PST.

Eligibility:     Must be age 18 or above 

                    Professional chefs & cooks are not eligible to enter the competition.

                    2016 Innovative Cooking Competition finalists are not eligible to enter
                     the competition.

Criteria:     1. Originality

                 2.  Taste

                 3.  Presentation

                 4.  Use of one or more Lee Kum Kee sauces* in the recipe

*Lee Kum Kee sauces are available in the following markets in Davis and Sacramento.

  • 99 Ranch Market, 4220 Florin Rd, Sacramento
  • Asian Food Center, 1301 Broadway, Sacramento
  • Kim’s Mart, 628 4th Street, Davis
  • Nugget, 1414 E. Covell Blvd and 409 Mace Blvd, Davis
  • S.F. Supermarket, 6930 65th Street, Sacramento
  • Safeway, 1451 W. Covell Blvd and 2121 Cowell Blvd, Davis 


  • First Prize (1): $1000

  • Second Prize (2): $600 each
  • Third Prize (3): $300 each

Submission:  Send your original recipe listing all ingredients & step-by-step instructions, along with a color photo(s) of the finished dish (up to 2 MB) by email to Kate Zhang at

Deadline: April 1, 2017 by 5:00 pm PST (Late submissions will not be considered.)

On-Site Competition Saturday, May 13, 2017. Final location to be announced. Each finalist will provide his/her own ingredients for the recipe and will have 45 minutes to make the dish in the kitchen.

Copyrights:  Winning recipes will become the property of Confucius Institute at UC Davis. Winners agree to give CI permissions for reprint and other future uses.

Contestants are solely responsible for ownership of their recipes. Confucius Institute at UC Davis is not liable under any circumstances. Contestants are finacially responsible for supplying all needed tools and cooking ingredients. Winning recipes will become the property of the Confucius Institute at UC Davis. The winners give the Confucius Institute at UC Davis permissions for reprint and future uses.