San Francisco’s West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest Coming September 2010. Enter Now

Submit your recipe by June 30th, 2010 and you just might win the First Annual Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest in San Francisco come September. Do it for the lulz but mind the red tape:

“The contest is open to all California, Oregon and Washington residents over the age of 18. Contestants are encouraged to submit their unique chicken recipes featuring fresh Foster Farms chicken and local ingredients, wherever possible. Entries will be judged by members of the food media and culinary professionals. Entries can be submitted online at www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest, by e-mail at cookingcontest@fosterfarms.com or by mail to Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, P.O. Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334.”

I know what your thinking, your thinking Chinese Chicken Burgers with Rainbow Sesame Slaw. Well it’s been done already in a recent national contest, so try to think of some unique recipe using degredients from your area. It’s all local these days, right? And a story, you gots to have a cute story to tell the judges while they’re noshing. (Work in something about your grandmother, that’s always a winner.) 

This boid, spotted a while back in front of San Francisco’s historic City Hall building in Civic Center, isn’t eligible ’cause he’s not a smooth, refreshing Foster Farms chicken. Oh well: 

Start cooking. Bon courage!

(And don’t tell PETA. Shhhh….)

Calling All Chicken Chefs: Foster Farms Announces First-Ever West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest. Contest features Grand Prize of $10,000 and one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken

LIVINGSTON, Calif., March 31 — Your favorite chicken recipe could be worth $10,000. Foster Farms today announces the call for entries for its first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest. The contest’s champion will earn a prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken*. The company is carrying on the tradition of the now defunct National Chicken Cooking Contest, the nation’s longest running and most lucrative cooking competition, but bringing it closer to home on the West Coast. Home, amateur and professional chefs residing in California, Oregon and Washington are encouraged to submit their prized, original chicken recipes for consideration. Recipes must feature fresh Foster Farms chicken and should be inspired by local ingredients as a testament to Foster Farms’ commitment to foods that are fresh, locally-grown and always natural. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT and the contest will culminate with finals held in San Francisco in September 2010 during National Chicken Month.

All the deets, after the jump

“As a longstanding West Coast brand devoted to the fresh, natural foods of our region, we want to encourage consumers in our area to celebrate local tastes and flavors with chicken as the centerpiece,” said Ira Brill, Director of Marketing and Advertising Services for Foster Farms. “Fresh chicken continues to be a nutritious, affordable mealtime staple on which consumers rely and they’re always looking for new ways to enjoy it. With the Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest, we’re hoping to inspire new ways to prepare locally-grown chicken.”

Foster Farms will host three regional recipe judging semifinals in California, Oregon and Washington in late summer and early fall 2010 culminating with The Final Cook-off in mid-September at one of San Francisco’s most prestigious culinary institutions.

 –  Fifteen semifinalists will receive $100 and their recipes will be
     judged in the regional competitions. Six regional winners – two from
     each state – will receive $1,000.
 –  The six regional winners will head to The Final Cook-off in San
     Francisco to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and a one-year*
     supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken. Finalists will receive travel
     and lodging accommodations.

The contest is open to all California, Oregon and Washington residents over the age of 18. Contestants are encouraged to submit their unique chicken recipes featuring fresh Foster Farms chicken and local ingredients, wherever possible. Entries will be judged by members of the food media and culinary professionals.

For complete contest rules, please visit www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest. Entries can be submitted online at www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest, by e-mail at cookingcontest@fosterfarms.com or by mail to Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, P.O. Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334.

About Foster Farms

Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken and turkey products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and VerdaFoster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all natural chicken and turkey products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. Based in California’s Central Valley, with ranches also in the Pacific Northwest, the company’s fresh chicken and turkey are produced in or near each region served. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today’s home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers. The company’s commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and people is a source of great pride, and, a longtime family tradition.

* Winner will receive 104 $10 vouchers good for fresh Foster Farms chicken.

FOSTER FARMS 2010 FRESH CHICKEN COOKING CONTEST

1. How do I enter the contest? Do I need to submit an entry form?

  • Entries may be submitted via the Foster Farms website www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest, by email at cookingcontest@fosterfarms.com or by mail at Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, PO Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334. Formal entry forms will be accepted but are not a requirement.

 

2. What is the deadline to enter?

  • Online and emailed entries are due by 11:59:59 p.m. PDT on June 30, 2010. Mailed entries must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2010.

 

3. What are the contest rules?

 

4. Do I need to use all local ingredients?

  • All recipes entered must use fresh (raw) locally-grown Foster Farms chicken. While the use of other fresh, local ingredients is encouraged, wherever possible, it is not a requirement that every ingredient is fresh, local and natural.

 

5. What types of chicken products can I use?

  • It is a contest requirement that all recipes entered must use fresh (raw) Foster Farms chicken: a whole chicken, or any part or parts, or ground chicken.

 

6. What does a “one-year supply” mean?

  • The winner of the final competition will receive 104 vouchers (valued up to $10 each) that are redeemable for packages of fresh Foster Farms chicken at participating locations.

 

7. Is there a limit to the number of ingredients used?

  • There is no limit on the number of ingredients allowed but ease of preparation is a consideration in the judging.

 

8. Can I submit a photo of my recipe?

  • We prefer that you do not submit photos. Photos of your recipe entry are not a contest requirement and will have no bearing on the results or selection.

 

9. How many servings should my recipe make?

  • All recipes must make four to eight servings of chicken.

 

10. I live in Hawaii. Can I enter?

  • The contest is open to all residents over the age of 18 ONLY in the following West Coast states: California, Oregon and Washington.

 

11. How do I prove that my recipe is “original?”

  • Recipes must be original and not be previously published in any public forum. (“Original” is defined as not previously published in the same or substantially the same form). Contestant finalists will be required to certify in writing that the entry is “original.”

 

    12. Who will be selecting recipes for both the regional and final competitions?
  • Semifinalists’ and finalists’ recipes will be selected by judging panels comprised of culinary, poultry industry and food media professionals.

 

    13. If I win, will I be preparing my own recipe at the regional and final competitions?
  • Not at the regional competition. Regional winners’ dishes will be prepared by culinary professionals. Finalists must be present – and prepare their entry – at the final contest in San Francisco in order to be eligible to win. (Final contestant transportation to the finals and one night lodging will be courtesy of Foster Farms.)

 

    14. If I win, do I have to participate in the media promotion following the competition?
  • Yes. As part of the contest, winning contestants are required to participate in the promotion of their recipes (media interviews, photos, retail promotion, website interviews, etc.) at no additional compensation.

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