Are You the Next High Times Midwest Top Cannabis Chef, or Can You Crown Who Is?

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Calling all cannabis chefs and edible foodies! Competitors and judges are needed! Enter the High Times Cannabis Cup Cook-Off, June 24 & 25, at the Auto City Speedway in Clio, Michigan presented by

It’s not just a contest, but an immersive cannabis experience! Submit this form NOW to apply for your chance to compete!

Within the Magical Butter Edibles Tent at the High Times Cannabis Cup, a heated competition is going down. Challenging top cannabis chefs to create their best dishes in a fast-paced, head-to-head battle to determine whose flavors are the freshest and whose techniques are the most refined and innovative.

Hosted by and High Times, each round of the competition will be decided by a panel of judges who will be evaluating dishes based on appearance, taste and originality by integrating cannabis infusions with the finished food. Points will be awarded from 1 to 5 in each category, and the chef awarded the most points will proceed to the next round.

Chefs will compete one-on-one, preparing a cannabis-infused dish within a specified time limit. Chefs will randomly pick a Magical Mystery Box, including perfectly portioned ingredients from specific regional and international cuisine styles. Judges will sample competitors’ dishes, grade the results and select a winner from each round to advance to the next. After three rounds of intense head-to-head cooking, a champion will be crowned!

Many will enter, but only one will emerge victorious! The Champion Cannabis Chef will receive a High Times plaque and a featured recipe on This is the first time the cooking competition has made it’s way to the Midwest, and we anticipate a brilliant demonstration of diverse cannabis infused food!

Adding to the live cannabis experience, attendees will receive an up-close look at culinary cannabis arts in action, complete with cooking demonstrations, Q & As with top cannabis chefs and edible samples. Also,  a very special seminar + cooking demo with the Magical Butter’s very own Chef Joey Galeano.

If you would like to compete, please read on for details.

Round Themes

At the beginning of each battle, the host will bring out mystery boxes of select proteins and ingredients. Each chef will randomly receive Magical Mystery Boxes based on a randomly selected number. Chefs will have 30 minutes to create their dish. The best dishes should integrate the cannabis infusions, without compromising the integrity or flavor of an award-winning dish.

Chef Selection Announcements: Chefs will be announced in the week leading up to the Cup. Selected chefs will receive free entry into High Times Cannabis Cup event, plus one guest.

Requirements to Enter: Must have culinary experience and be knowledgeable about cannabis. Participants must bring their own knives and will be permitted two special personal ingredients. Special ingredients must be pre-approved by event coordinator.

Time: Clock will begin as soon as the Magical Mystery Box is revealed. You will have 30 minutes to prepare 4 plates of finished food, 3 plates for each judge. One plate will be reserved for photography/host sampling. All food must be on the plate by the time the buzzer sounds or it cannot be served. Feel free to prepare more, the crowd loves free samples!

Potency: THC potency should be kept to 5 – 25 milligrams per dish, and the portion sizes should be “tasting size.” Potency test reports will be provided by PSI Labs.

Basic Infusions:

Chefs will have access to an array of infusions provided by including:

●       Clarified Butter

●       Olive Oil

●       Coconut Oil

●       Honey

●       Alcohol Tincture

Chefs are limited to using the infusions provided by; this is intended to create a level playing field for the competition. Please do not bring your own cannabis infusions.


Can chefs bring their own special ingredients/elements?
Yes, chefs are allowed to bring 2 special ingredients or elements, such as plating garnishes. Must be pre-approved.

Can chefs bring their own special equipment?
Yes, chefs are required to bring their own knives. Cookware such as pans, tools, etc. can be brought. However, keep in mind the limited space an outdoor kitchen provides.

Can chefs have sous chefs?
No sous chefs.

Registration Application Deadline: June 21


Competitors will create and prepare an infused meal using the culinary mystery box including portioned ingredients, Each box will include:

●       Fresh Herbs

●       Produce

●       Protein ( Meat, Seafood)

Chef will have access to a community rack of basic seasonings and spices.

Once the mystery box is received. The clock will start, and competitors will have 30 minutes to create, cook and plate the dishes.

Chefs will plate small portions for the expert judging panel, and one for photos + host tasting.

Cooking Stations:

Each chef will have access to a cooking station outfitted with an induction burner, a toaster oven, cutting board, mixing bowls, measuring spoons and basic utensils. Fresh water and bus tubs are provided for clean up.

Shared will be a table of spices and pantry items—food processor, blender and assorted other kitchenware.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes early to set up your competition station.

If you are bringing any gear that requires electricity, please notify High Times in advance so we can make sure your needs are met.

Equipment for Live Cooking Kitchens :

The following equipment will be available for each participant in the live cooking kitchen: work tables, refrigerator,  induction plate, blender, Kitchen Aid mixer, sink with cold water, electrical ovens, at least two electric sockets 110v, cutting boards, proper utensil selection (ladle, spoons, measuring cups, etc.) and a bus tub for used equipment with sanitary water bin. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, THIS IS A TRAVELING LIVE COOKING EVENT. You will have to deal with the elements, think on your feet and handle typical kitchen flare ups. Fire extinguishers will be on site.

Thank you, chefs, and good luck!

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