LIVINGSTON, Calif., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Foster Farms announces the last call for entries for its first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest with a coveted grand prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken*. 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. Grilling recipes will be excluded from the contest. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2010 at 11:59:59 PDT and the contest will culminate with The Final Cook-off held at Napa Valley's prestigious Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in September 2010 during National Chicken Month.
"We're receiving many great chicken recipes featuring fresh, local ingredients and are encouraging people to keep the entries coming," said Ira Brill, director of communications 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 with the finalist contestants in mid-September at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, the world's premier culinary institution.
- 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 the Napa Valley 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. Semifinalists will be notified in early August.
For complete contest rules, please visit www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest. Entries can be submitted online at www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Verda Foster. 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.
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