Submit your original Derby party recipe and you could win a trip to Louisville to help curate the Official Menu for the 146th Kentucky Derby

Calling all foodies – the race is on! We’re on a national search to find our first-ever “Official Menu Taste Tester” for the 146 th Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve. The lucky winner will join Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef David Danielson in Louisville to select the final dishes for this year’s Official Kentucky Derby Menu that will be served to thousands of Derby fans on the first Saturday in May.

More than just the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby is one of the greatest culinary moments of the year. Our Official Menu Taste Tester will be passionate about food and have a crowd-pleasing recipe that’s perfect for a Kentucky Derby party.  

To be considered, you must be one of the first 100 to submit your favorite original Kentucky Derby party recipe along with an (optional) photo of the finished dish. Chef Danielson will choose the winner based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity: Originality of Recipe
  • Simplicity: Ease of Preparation
  • Festivity: Derby Party Theme

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 21+ years of age
  • Resident of the contiguous US
  • Be one of the first 100 applicants to enter
  • Meet all submission guidelines

The Official Menu Taste Tester and his/her guest will receive a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet getaway to Louisville from Thursday, March 12 to Saturday, March 14, 2020. Meet with Chef Danielson in the famous Churchill Downs kitchens, learn about the Derby’s culinary history and commitment and help decide the final dishes for the Kentucky Derby 146.

  • Dinner reservation for two at Chef Danielson’s historic Old Stone Inn & Tavern ($200 value)
  • Dining voucher for a Louisville restaurant of your choice  ($150 value ) 
  • Two-night luxury hotel accommodations, domestic roundtrip airfare to Louisville for two and ground transportation ( $2,000 value
  • Enjoy the greatest two minutes in sports and see your menu come to life with two premium tickets to the 146th Kentucky Derby ( $4,000 value )*
  • Cash prize of $1,000

*Transportation to/from the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and accommodations are not included.

Click here to read the Official Contest Rules

The Race is Over! Churchill Downs’ Executive Chef David Danielson is reviewing the first 100 recipes submitted to determine the first-ever ‘Official Menu Taste Tester.’ 

Follow Kentucky Derby's social media channels, where we'll announce the winner on or about Friday, March 6th 2020!