Julia Child believed that, “Once you have mastered a technique, you hardly need look at a recipe again.” Good chefs know that cooking is intuitive, but you have to learn to sauté before you can soufflé. Pass on your kitchen techniques for things like chopping veggies, timing roasts, and more in the Cooking Basics Challenge.

From a basic omelet, to an introduction to braising, if you have a method for making something delicious, we want to read about it. The top chef will win an iPad Mini, The Perfect Gift Set, sous-vide temperature controller, and a stainless steel cast iron cleaner. Get back to basics, and show us how you’d teach someone to cook.

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Grand Prize

26 Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

Runner Up (25)

Twenty five runner up prize winners will receive:
How It Works

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jun 29, 2015 and Jul 27, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Cooking Basics Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be notified and announced here on the contest page.