Microwaved ramen and instant mac n’ cheese are college cliches, but they don’t have to be. Enter the Dorm Food Contest and show us your one-pot dinners, grab-and-go breakfast ideas, and mouthwatering packed lunches! The main objective of this contest is achieving maximum flavor with limited kitchen resources.

Prizes include anAcer Chromebook, Fagor Multicooker, Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 Breakfast Center, and much more. Show us how you get creative in your shared kitchen spaces and help us create a collection of inspiring dishes that anyone can make in a snap, even if they're cramming for midterms.


The Dorm Food Contest is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1)

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

First Prize (3)

Three First Prize winners will receive:

Second Prize (5)

Five Second Prize winners will receive:

Runner Up (10)

Ten runner up prize winners will receive:

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 Oct 19, 2015 and Nov 30, 2015 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Dorm Food Contest. 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.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


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 announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.