About the Series


Show-Me Chefs is a culinary cooking competition series. Eight local and regional chefs compete head-to-head to prepare a three-course meal for a panel of judges from the Springfield culinary community.

Chefs are scored based on taste and flavor profile, incorporation of mystery ingredients, cooking quality, and presentation. The winner each episode advances to the next round of competition, and the best chef from the Show-Me State is crowned champion.


Show-Me Chefs is produced by students in Missouri State University's Department of Communication, Media, Journalism and Film. Students from diverse disciplines work on all aspects of the program, from pre-production to post-production.


  • First Place — 2018 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in Studio—multi-camera or live-to-tape (Season 3)
  • Regional Emmy AwardThe National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—Mid-America Chapter Emmy for Long-Form, Non-Fiction Series (Season 2)
  • Regional Emmy Award — The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—Mid-America Chapter Emmy for Public Service (PSA) for promotional short, “Show-Me Chefs Works with Local Community.”

Our mission

Show-Me Chefs emphasizes community engagement. We provide opportunities for local students to gain real-world experience in film and television production. We offer local businesses, food producers, and culinary leaders low-cost, high-reward exposure and advertising.

Finally, we help local viewers learn more about the regional culinary profile, cooking, and the importance of choosing locally sourced food. We strive to foster this sense of community through quality, family-friendly television programming, and to give back to that community wherever possible.

  • Season 4 Crew

    The Season 4 Crew worked hard over Spring Break 2019 to film the entire show.

  • Season 4 Promo Day

    Students work on the Show-Me Chefs production team to gain real-world experience in the industry and their fields of study.

  • New for Season 4: Pairings Corner

    This season of Show-Me Chefs will feature an all-new drink Pairings Corner, featuring cocktails, coffee, and tea from local food producers.

  • Season 4 Pre-Production Team

    Show-Me Chefs Season 4 Pre-Production Team on set

  • Show-Me Chefs Season 3 Production Crew

    The Season 3 Production Crew in the kitchen at 319 Events Center

  • Show-Me Chefs Seasons 2 and 3 Win Big

    Winner of two regional Emmy awards and first place at the BEA Festival of Media Arts