Contest Winning Tips...
How To Write a Contest Recipe
Write It Right
Pillsbury gives these tips for writing your recipe:
How To Enter and Win Cooking Contests
Follow the trends
This is probably the most important. If you omit
something because you don't think it's important, it
could disqualify you. If they say to use a 3-by-5 card,
don't substitute and think it will make no difference.
Your entry will go right into the circular file. Use the
products that are called for and make sure you get your
entry in on time.
Read food sections of
magazines and newspapers and keep up to date on
ingredients, seasonings, ethnic cuisines and
nutrition concerns. Sponsors want recipes that
consumers will really try, so your contest recipes
should have broad appeal and not require
If "originality" is
specified in the rules, the recipe must be the
creation of the contestant, not one previously
published. Make over an old family favorite with new
seasonings or varied ingredients to make a dish all
Taste Taste Taste
appearance and other qualities are important, the
way a dish tastes is the bottom line. Try out your
creation on family and friends and make use of their
feedback to refine the recipe.
Follow the rules
Read the details of the
contest rules and follow them carefully. Type or
print your entry neatly and double check for errors
or omissions. Send it in time to meet the deadline.
Play the name game
Naming your dish is very important. A creative and
unusual name will get the judges' attention. Descriptive
words that capture the feeling of your dish add to its
overall interest. For instance, say you have entered a
pizza contest. Instead of just submitting your recipe,
think about naming it...Celebration Pizza! Winners
Circle Pizza! Touchdown Pizza! Party Time Pizza!
Five-minute Pizza! Look to your ingredients for ideas.
Pineapples? How about Aloha Pizza! South of the Border
Pizza! Think about special occasions for ideas.
Anniversary Pizza! Patriotic Pizza! You get the idea. A
catchy name is good except if the rules specify no
catchy names, of course.
What is currenty a hot food topic?
Check out some food magazines and see what everybody is
talking about. If southwest flavoring is hot, then think
about adding a southwest twist to your recipe. If a
certain spice is the rage at all the restaurants, you
may want to incorporate it into your offering. Even if
you are submitting a tried-and-true family favorite, you
might want to give it a trendy new twist. Judges seem to
favor recipes that have a popular twist.
Keep it simple
Make sure your ingredients can be found at most
markets. Complicated recipes don't often win, and if you
have to go to another country to get the ingredients you
can forget it.
Appearance is very important
It might taste delicious, and also look appetizing. Food presentation is
an art. That is why it is called "Culinary Art". Follow
art principles for a winning entry.
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