Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Learn How to Win Culinary Contests and Try It Out With Kettle Chips

Posted By on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:53 AM

It seems like every day we hear news about another culinary contest or cooking show that is looking for contestants. While that's never been my favorite way to work out my competitive urges, I know that there are some Bitesters out there who have entered some of these contests with varying levels of success, so more power to y'all.

Now there is a website dedicated to informing potential competitors about all the various opportunities and also give hints and tips to better your chances at winning. Cooking Contest Central aims to provide all the info you need to turn your talents in the kitchen into real money.

Here's the skinny direct from the CEO:

CookingContestCentral.com is a website dedicated to help home cooks navigate all things cooking contests by providing detailed entry information, assembling winning recipes, as well as offering winning strategies and advice. “Cooking and recipe contests are a way for people who have a passion for food to express their creativity and showcase their talents,” says Kristina Vanni, CEO of Cooking Contest Central, and herself an accomplished award-winning cook. “This exciting hobby is not only a creative outlet, but can also be quite lucrative as well. There are literally millions of dollars in prize money up for grabs every year in cooking and recipe contests. Not to mention luxury vacations, kitchen appliances or even just free groceries!”

“At Cooking Contest Central we not only gather and share information about current contests, we also partner directly with corporate sponsors to host exclusive members-only contests,” Vanni said.

For an annual subscription of $25, Cooking Contest Central curates the thousands of recipes contests held each year into one, user-friendly site. Members can easily browse the contests they are interested in entering. Most are geared toward the amateur home cook and food bloggers. There are also contests for food professionals and even contests just for kids. For more information on membership, click here: cookingcontestcentral.com/join-us.

CEO Vanni started her culinary career at the age of 12 when she won $2,000 in the Pillsbury Bake-Off. "Many Cooking Contest Central members have written cookbooks, opened restaurants, launched food product lines, and have appeared on the Food Network and Cooking Channel," the company says. "Passionate home cooks and food bloggers looking to take their career to the next level can build impressive resumes through cooking contests,"

Christina Verrelli, who recently won the $1 million Grand Prize in the 2012 Pillsbury Bake-Off, is a Cooking Contest Central member. (Her recipe: Pumpkin Ravioli With Salted Caramel Whipped Cream.)

If you want to put your culinary chops at work to win some money, here's a quickie that you can enter. The Kettle Brand® Pros vs. Joes Cook-off offers the chance to win a trip to L.A. to show off your prowess in front of a live audience where you'll compete against four professional judges and compete in a live taste-off.

Entering is easy, all you have to do is:

Create a recipe
Submit it to Snooth
Support it on Social Channels

Simply submit a unique culinary creation that includes Kettle Brand® Potato Chips as an ingredient and your recipe will be added to the Kettle Brand® Pros vs. Joes Cook-off competition. Then get your friends to vote for it! We'll also be promoting your recipe on Snooth, where you'll be battling head to head with other amateur cooks for the chance to have your recipe selected as a finalist.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday, May 10. Go get 'em, Bitesters.

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