PROFESSIONAL CONTEST LIST

These contests are open to professionals such as chefs, food editors, etc. Contests for culinary students are also listed on this page.

Some of these contests are open to amateurs but do not prohibit professionals from entering in their rules. For many, entrants must be employed by a culinary institution, restaurant or foodservice organization in order to qualify.

Always read the sponsor's rules before entering any cooking contest, as we only give a brief description here.

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04-29-17   PILOT BREAD RECIPE CONTEST new
04-30-17   CUISINART'S "GET COOKING! CONTEST" - PERIOD 4
04-30-17   KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – APRIL 2017
04-30-17   DUNCAN HINES CANADA BAKER'S CLUB MONTHLY REWARDS – APRIL 2017
04-30-17   ROYALTY PECANS RECIPE CHALLENGE
04-30-17   CRACKER SEASONINGS RECIPE CONTEST
04-30-17   RUMIANO GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE CONTEST
04-30-17   PLANT-POWERED RECIPE CONTEST with SANA new
04-30-17   PAULS ZYMIL BEST IN BASKET COMPETITION new

05-01-17   MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2018
05-05-17   TASTE OF HOME BIG BREAKFAST RECIPE CONTEST
05-10-17   TEXAS CO-OP POWER: SUNDAY COOKING
05-12-17   RISE, SIZZLE AND SHINE BREAKFAST RECIPE CONTEST – 2017
05-14-17   THE 2017 GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE SHOWDOWN®
05-25-17   TASTE OF HOME CHICKEN & CHOPS RECIPE CONTEST
05-31-17   DOOR COUNTY COFFEE 4TH ANNUAL RECIPE CONTEST

06-16-17   2017 RICE EXPO RECIPE CONTEST
06-19-17   2017 LEGENDARY LENTIL COOK-OFF

07-01-17   2017 BELLA SUN LUCI RECIPE CONTEST
07-10-17   TASTE OF HOME: MODERN COMFORT FOOD RECIPE CONTEST
07-27-17   TASTE OF HOME: NO-BAKE TREATS RECIPE CONTEST

PILOT BREAD RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

April 29, 2017 noon AKDT

DESCRIPTION

What is your favorite way to eat Pilot Bread? Submit it in the 7th Annual Pilot Bread Recipe Contest in one of three categories:Traditional Topping, Healthy Topping, and Youth Submission. The entry form doesn't have capability for uploading photos, but visual appeal is a judging criteria — so upload a photo (if you have one) of your prepared recipe to the NYO Games and the Sailor Boy Pilot Bread Facebook pages.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Alaska.

PRIZES

3 Prizes (1/category): A 1-year supply of Pilot Bread and a 2017 NYO t-shirt.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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CUISINART'S "GET COOKING! CONTEST" - PERIOD 4

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter an original recipe. This is the fourth of a series of ten contest periods, each judged separately.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older.

PRIZES

Prize: Combo Steam + Convection Oven, S/S Crock with Barrel Tools (Set of 6), Griddler® Deluxe (ARV $300), or other appliances with the same ARV.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – APRIL 2017

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your Filipino or Asian-inspired recipe to this monthly contest. You may enter in English or Filipino.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide; no age limits stated.

PRIZES

2 Prizes: $50 (USD) via Paypal or Xoom, and the recipe will be featured on the sponsor's blog.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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DUNCAN HINES CANADA BAKER'S CLUB MONTHLY REWARDS – APRIL 2017

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit a creative recipe featuring at least one Duncan Hines product as an ingredient. Include a photo and be sure to give precise instructions.
This is an ongoing contest with no monthly thematic changes.

ELIGIBILITY

You must be a resident of Canada to join the online community and participate. No age limit is stated.

PRIZES

Prize: Free Duncan Hines ​gifts.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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ROYALTY PECANS RECIPE CHALLENGE

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Pecans are a delicious superfood! Think "outside the pie" and submit an original recipe featuring pecans or one or more Royalty Pecan Farms® products. Photos aren't required but may increase your chances of winning. There are three categories: Healthiest Recipe—emphasize the healthy side of pecans; Best Appetizer or Entrée—non-dessert pecan dishes; and Special Ingredient Challenge—use pecans and at least one other Royalty Pecan Farms product.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all ages. Residency requirements are not given.

PRIZES

Healthiest Recipe Prize: $50 Gift Card.
Best Appetizer or Entree Prize: $50 Gift Card.
Special Ingredient Challenge Prize: $75 Gift Card and an Automatic Qualifier Golden Ticket to the 2017 World Food Championships in the Recipe Category (This is just an invitation and place holder for 30 days; no expenses are included. The winner must complete WFC registration and take care of all expenses including entry fee.)

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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CRACKER SEASONINGS RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Are you a Cracker Boy or Cracker Girl? Submit your original recipe using any Cracker Seasonings product, along with a photo of the dish and a story of the inspiration behind it.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all ages. No residency restrictions are listed but there are hints that this contest may be for the United States only.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: A Cracker Seasonings Gift Box (ARV $35).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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RUMIANO GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your most creative grilled cheese sandwich featuring  Rumiano Cheese. Include a photo that shows just how yummy your sandwich is!

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: A full selection of Rumiano Family Organic Cheese – thirteen 8 oz bars of Rumiano Family Organic Cheese.
2 Runner-up Prizes: 5 Coupons redeemable for free Rumiano Family Organic Cheese

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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PLANT-POWERED RECIPE CONTEST with SANA

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your original, healthy, 100% plant-based recipe and photo featuring soyfoods. Use at least one of these ingredients:
  • Tofu (any types), at least 1 package (~15 ounces depending on brand)
  • Soymilk (any type), at least 1 cup
  • Soynuts, at least ½ cup
  • Soybeans, cooked, at least 2 cups
  • Edamame (shelled or unshelled), at least 2 cups
  • Tempeh, at least 1 package (~8 ounces)
  • Soy yogurt (any type), at least 1 cup.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

First Prize: MagicBullet Lean.
Second Prize: MagicBullet Pro.
Third Prize: MagicBullet.
Plus each winner will receive Plant-Powered for Life by Sharon Palmer, a TofuXpress + SILK products (free product coupons).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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PAULS ZYMIL BEST IN BASKET COMPETITION

DEADLINE

April 30, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your best creative snaps of your dairy delicious Pauls Zymil creations on Instagram and Facebook, including the hashtag #zymilbestinbasket. If you also upload the photo with the recipe on the sponsor's website, you will be eligible to win a bonus prize.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Australia who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

Major Prize: A KitchenAid Stand Mixer (RRP $700).
Bonus Prize: $300.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2018

DEADLINE

May 1, 2017

DESCRIPTION

This year, the theme for Mrs. Blum's Recipe Contest is: "What are your favorite recipes using “fresh” ingredients?" Mail in an original recipe using fresh vegetables, herbs or fruit.
The year in this contest's name is the year the winning recipes are published.

ELIGIBILITY

No requirements are stated.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TASTE OF HOME BIG BREAKFAST RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

May 5, 2017

DESCRIPTION

You should start your day with a good breakfast — or maybe a good breakfast is the reason you get out of bed to start your day? Send in your best recipe for a fantastic breakfast, whether sit-down, on the run, healthy, or an over-the-top impress the guests type! Keep your recipe down to about 12 ingredients.
Taste of Home wants to hear the background or story of each recipe. You may also upload a photo.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Canada (excluding QC), the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older. Once you have won the Grand Prize in a Taste of Home contest, you are not eligible to win a Grand Prize for one year; you may win lesser prizes.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.
First Prize: $300.
Second Prize: $150.
Third Prize: $75.
8 Honorable Mention Prizes: A book.
All winners may have their names and recipes published in a future Taste of Home magazine or cookbook.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TEXAS CO-OP POWER: SUNDAY COOKING

DEADLINE

May 10, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Sundays are frequently a time for sharing special meals with friends, whether leisurely brunches, after-church dinners, or Sunday suppers.Share your special Sunday dish recipe for a chance to win.
Texas Co-op Power contests are held monthly. Each month has its own theme and prize — and once annually the prize is large.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to residents of Texas who are members of electric cooperatives and subscribe to Texas Co-op Power magazine.

PRIZES

Prize: $100. Winning recipe will be published in the October 2017 issue of Texas Co-op Power.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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RISE, SIZZLE AND SHINE BREAKFAST RECIPE CONTEST – 2017

DEADLINE

May 12, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your breakfast recipe creation that calls for the use of Jones Dairy Farm sausage (pork, chicken, or turkey), bacon, Canadian bacon, or ham. Actual purchase of the required ingredient is not necessary. This year there is a new award — Crowd Pleaser — for recipes that serve 8 or more. The Best Brinner Recipe prize will be given for the best breakfast for dinner recipe.
You have the option to add up to 4 photos, but they are not required.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC (excluding AZ, RI, NE, VT, ND, TN) who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

First Prize: $5,000.
Second Prize: $2,000.
Third Prize: $500.
Best Brinner Recipe Prize: $500.
Crowd Pleaser Recipe Prize: $500.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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THE 2017 GRILLED CHEESE RECIPE SHOWDOWN®

DEADLINE

May 14, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your creative grilled cheese sandwich that features one or more varieties of Wisconsin Cheese. Include a short description of the sandwich and a photo. Do not use brand names and trademarks or show any logos other than the Wisconsin Cheese brands.
Recipe names in this contest follow a different pattern than in many contests — you might want to take a look at past winners to get a feel for the naming style.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

Gold Award: $15,000 and a Wisconsin Cheese Basket of assorted Wisconsin cheeses and cost to ship (total ARV $15,167).
Silver Award: $5,000 and a Wisconsin Cheese Basket of assorted Wisconsin cheeses and cost to ship (total ARV $5,167).
Bronze Award: $3,000 and a Wisconsin Cheese Basket of assorted Wisconsin cheeses and cost to ship (total ARV $3,167).
3 Judges’ Choice Awards: $1,500 and a Wisconsin Cheese Basket of assorted Wisconsin cheeses and cost to ship (total ARV $1,667).
All award-winning recipes will be included in the 2016 Grilled Cheese Academy Recipe Book.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TASTE OF HOME CHICKEN & CHOPS RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

May 25, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Let's not worry about where the beef is — just submit your best chicken or pork chop dinner recipe for this contest. Any cooking style is acceptable. There's no mention of the standard 12-ingredient limit in this contest.
Taste of Home wants to hear the background or story of each recipe. You may also upload a photo.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Canada (excluding QC), the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older. Once you have won the Grand Prize in a Taste of Home contest, you are not eligible to win a Grand Prize for one year; you may win lesser prizes.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.
First Prize: $300.
Second Prize: $150.
Third Prize: $75.
8 Honorable Mention Prizes: A book.
All winners may have their names and recipes published in a future Taste of Home magazine or cookbook.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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DOOR COUNTY COFFEE 4TH ANNUAL RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

May 31, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit any type of recipe made with Door County Coffee. Ground coffee, brewed coffee, flavored coffee or non-flavored coffee — any way that you use Door County Coffee as an ingredient in a recipe qualifies. A short statement about what makes your recipe wonderful is optional, as is a photo (but photos are appreciated so much they get you into a drawing for a extra prize).
This contest is a 2017 World Food Championships Preferred Qualifier.

ELIGIBILITY

No restrictions are given.

PRIZES

First Prize: A 1-Year Door County Coffee Supply of winner's choice including Full-pot Bags, Single Serve Cups or 10oz bags, plus two Door County Coffee Stoneware Mugs, two Door County Coffee Stainless Steel Travel Mugs and a travel tote bag.The winner will also be an automatic Preferred Qualifier for the 2017 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL in November 2017 with $1300 of fees & travel expenses covered: the registration fee will be covered by Door County Coffee and a stipend to help cover travel expenses will be provided upon arrival at the competition. (Total ARV $1900).
2 Second Prizes: A 3-Month Coffee Supply of winner's choice, including Full-pot Bags, Single Serve Cups or 10oz bags (ARV $150).
3 Third Prizes: A 1-Month Coffee Supply of winner's choice, including Full-pot Bags, Single Serve Cups or 10oz bags (ARV $50).
Photo Entry Prize (random): $100 Gift Card for Door County Coffee.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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2017 RICE EXPO RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

June 16, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your best recipe featuring rice. Along with ingredients and step-by-step directions, be sure to include the number of servings and the cost per serving. Ten semi-finalists will be invited to bring their dish to the Rice Expo August 4, 2017 for further judging.

ELIGIBILITY

Open only to residents of Arkansas. The prior year's winner may not enter this year's contest.

PRIZES

First Prize: $200.
Second Prize: $150
Third Prize: $100.
Winners must be present at the awards presentation to receive prizes.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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2017 LEGENDARY LENTIL COOK-OFF

DEADLINE

June 19, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your unique recipes containing at least ½ cup raw USA lentils, 1 cup cooked USA lentils, and/or 1 cup lentil flour along with a corresponding photo of the dish. You must be able to complete cooking of the recipe in 2 hours. Do not use more than 15 ingredients, not including salt, pepper or an oiled pan in the count.
This year is the 29th Annual National Lentil Festival. Five finalists will be invited to come to Pullman, WA to compete in a cook-off and enjoy the Festival August 18-19, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY

Must be age 21 or older. No residency restrictions are stated.

PRIZES

 Finalist Prizes: Official National Lentil Festival aprons; honored guest status at the Lentil Festival, including the Lentil Pancake Breakfast; $50 for purchasing ingredients for the cook-off; and hotel accommodations for 2 nights and airfare reimbursement (within continental US only), if needed. Finalists must arrange their own travel arrangements.
Grand Prize: A chef’s hat for "lentil lovers" and $2,000.
Second Prize: $1000.
Third Prize: $500.
People's Choice Prize: $100.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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2017 BELLA SUN LUCI RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

July 1, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit an original unpublished recipe featuring the use of one or more Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomato Products. Recipes of any type are acceptable.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $2500.
Second Prize: $500.
Third Prize: Mooney Farms gourmet gift basket.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TASTE OF HOME: MODERN COMFORT FOOD RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

July 10, 2017

DESCRIPTION

How do you put a modern spin on your favorite feel-good food? Enter your original recipes for any meal of the day, including beverages. Aim to have no more than 12 ingredients in your entries.
Taste of Home wants to hear the background or story of each recipe. You may also upload a photo.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Canada (excluding QC), the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older. Once you have won the Grand Prize in a Taste of Home contest, you are not eligible to win a Grand Prize for one year; you may win lesser prizes.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.
First Prize: $300.
Second Prize: $150.
Third Prize: $75.
8 Honorable Mention Prizes: A book.
All winners may have their names and recipes published in a future Taste of Home magazine or cookbook.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TASTE OF HOME: NO-BAKE TREATS RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

July 27, 2017

DESCRIPTION

What sweet treats do you make when you don't want to use your oven? Enter your best original shortcut desserts that keep your kitchen cooler by skipping baking. There's no mention of the standard 12-ingredient limit in this contest.
Taste of Home wants to hear the background or story of each recipe. You may also upload a photo.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Canada (excluding QC), the 50 United States and DC who are age 18 or older. Once you have won the Grand Prize in a Taste of Home contest, you are not eligible to win a Grand Prize for one year; you may win lesser prizes.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.
First Prize: $300.
Second Prize: $150.
Third Prize: $75.
8 Honorable Mention Prizes: A book.
All winners may have their names and recipes published in a future Taste of Home magazine or cookbook.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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