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YIH Cholent Cook-Off


  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, January 10 (register below)
  • Four prep time options:
    Thursday, January 12, 5:00pm or 8:00pm
    • Friday, January 13, 9:00am or 12:00pm
  • Voting (open to all YIH members & guests): Main Minyan Kiddush, Shabbat, Jan 14



  • All preparation takes place in the YIH kitchen.
  • Contestants choose from four prep time slots listed above.
  • Contestants purchase their own ingredients. Ingredients must be new and sealed for kashrut verification. Fresh vegetables and dry beans do not need to be sealed.
  • Common seasonings will be available for contestants' use, i.e. garlic powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika, onion powder, minced onion, etc. Inquire for availability of seasonings not listed here.
  • Utensils will be available for contestants' use. It is the contestant's responsibility to wash all utensils after using.

Contestants will have four options for cooking their cholents:

  • Large 22-quart crock pots: YIH has 8 of these. They will be reserved by contestants on a first come, first serve basis.
  • 9" x 13" foil pans, left in the oven overnight.
  • 21" x 13" foil pans, left in the oven overnight.
  • Your own crock pot. Must be brand new.


  • Cholents will be served from individual tables at the kiddush on January 14.
  • You may decorate the table as you wish, and include signage with the name of your cholent (naming your cholent is optional, but highly recommended).
  • You are encouraged to stand at your table, and to serve and interact with the tasters throughout the Kiddush.
  • This will also enable you to "dress the part" if your cholent is from a particular ethnic origin that would lend itself to a costume or theme. Keep this in mind when you choose decor for your table!
  • Tables will be numbered for voting purposes. If a name is chosen for your cholent, the name will also be included in the voting area.


  • Judging will be made by secret ballot at the kiddush.
  • Each family will be given eight voting chips, which they may use to vote for up to eight cholents.
  • Voting will close 30 minutes after the kiddush opens.
  • All votes will be counted by the judges after voting closes. 


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Sat, January 28 2023 6 Shevat 5783