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.

Click on a link to see contest summary:

ASAP!        ALIVE & COOKING RECIPE CONTEST

12-15-17   AASHIRVAAD SVASTI GHEE RECIPE CONTEST
12-17-17   BETTERBUTTER RECIPE CONTEST: CIRCLE OF LIFE new
12-25-17   PILLSBURY/BETTY CROCKER BAKE IT POSSIBLE CONTEST
12-25-17   TARLA DALAL: UNUSUAL PARATHA RECIPES
12-31-17   PAPPY'S 2017 RECIPE CONTEST
12-31-17   RECIPES 007 RECIPE CONTEST
12-31-17   KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – TBA 2017 new
12-31-17   DUNCAN HINES CANADA BAKER'S CLUB MONTHLY REWARDS – month 2017 new

01-18-18   TASTE OF HOME: HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES WITH A SPIN RECIPE CONTEST
01-25-18   TASTE OF HOME: 13x9 EVERYTHING RECIPE CONTEST
01-31-18   MUSHROOM MADNESS RECIPE CONTEST 2018
01-31-18   CUISINART'S "GET COOKING! CONTEST" - PERIOD 7

03-12-18   STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE 2018 COOKBOOK CONTEST

05-01-18   MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2019


ALIVE & COOKING RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

ASAP! (the sponsor is extending the contest but has not finalized a deadline)

DESCRIPTION

Enter an original family recipe for any portion of a meal or snack. Be sure to tell the story of why this recipe is important to you. You may also enter a recipe on behalf of another family member, or dedicate your entry "In Memoriam" of a family member.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and DC. All ages may enter.

PRIZES

20 - 30 Grand Prizes (Alive & Cooking): The experience of cooking the winner's recipe with a pro, photos of event, and a two page spread in the cookbook.
30 First Prizes(Golden Years): Winner's recipe and photo will occupy a page in the cookbook.
30 Second Prizes (Silver Fox): Winner's recipe and photo will occupy a half page in the cookbook.
120 Third Prizes (In Memoriam Of): Winner's recipe and photo will occupy a half page in the cookbook.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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AASHIRVAAD SVASTI GHEE RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 15, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit your vegetarian recipe made with Aashirvaad Svasti ghee as an ingredient. You must include a photo of the dish for the entry to be accepted.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of India. No age restrictions are given.

PRIZES

5 Prizes: ITC Products gift hamper (ARV  ₹2000/-)

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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BETTERBUTTER RECIPE CONTEST: CIRCLE OF LIFE

DEADLINE

December 17, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create an original dish suitable for one of these stages of life: Infant, Pregnancy, or Elderly. Include one or more corresponding original photograph(s) of your dish. If the recipe was inspired by a published one, please give your source of inspiration.

ELIGIBILITY

Open worldwide, but you must provide a valid Indian address to which the prize may be shipped. No age limits given.

PRIZES

First  Prize: LaOpala Dinner Set (ARV ₹3,295).
Second Prize: Philips Hand Blender (ARV ₹2,695).
Third Prize: Cartini Godrej Kitchen Knife Set (ARV ₹1,839).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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PILLSBURY/BETTY CROCKER BAKE IT POSSIBLE CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 25, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Create an original recipe using at least one complete participating Pillsbury or Betty Crocker baking product available in Canada. The recipe must be simple, and must take no more than 60 minutes to prepare including chopping, mixing, stirring (frequently or occasionally), baking, and cooking time. Cooling or chilling time after the entire recipe has been prepared is not counted toward the time limit. Submit a photo of the prepared item and the name of the recipe, and if entering via Twitter, Instagram, or Google Plus, also include the hashtag #BakeItPossible.
Fifty semi-finalists will be asked to submit their recipes, and from these, ten finalists will be chosen to compete in a bake-off.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority.

PRIZES

10 Finalist Prizes: A trip to the greater Toronto area to compete for cash and possible merchandise prizes. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation, hotel accommodations for two nights at a hotel of General Mills’ choice, and daily meals or a per diem amount for daily meals (ARV $1,200 CDN).
Grand Prize: $10,000 cash prize. The Grand Prize Winner may be required to make additional promotional appearances up to 1 year after the Grand Prize Winner announcement. Method of travel and accommodations for such appearances shall be chosen by General Mills and at its expense.
Additional prizes may become available.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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TARLA DALAL: UNUSUAL PARATHA RECIPES

DEADLINE

December 25, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Enter your original recipe for an unusual paratha. Parathas are a type of flatbread, often containing vegetables as a stuffing or in the dough itself. The dough is sometimes laminated into many layers.
Recipes for this monthly contest should be sized to serve 4 persons.

ELIGIBILITY

The website's Terms of Use limit entries to those 18 and older, unless you have parent/guardian permission to enter. No residency restrictions are stated.

PRIZES

3 Prizes: A Tarla Dalal cookbook, Parathas..

DETAILS

Click here for contest information. (You will have to register and log in to see the entry form.)

RULES & REGS

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PAPPY'S 2017 RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 31, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit an original recipe featuring Pappy's Pie Dough. There are three categories: Best Appetizer recipe; Best Main Dish recipe; and Best Dessert Recipe. Include a photo — the entry form says of yourself and your dish, but the sponsor told us a photo of just the dish is fine, too.

ELIGIBILITY

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

PRIZES

3 Prizes (1/category): $150.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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RECIPES 007 RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

December 31, 2017

DESCRIPTION

Submit a favorite original recipe of any type, with a photo.
Winner is determined by voting. At the time of this post, there are 10 entries and the top one has 15 votes.

ELIGIBILITY

No age or residency restrictions are stated.

PRIZES

Prize: $100, via PayPal.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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KAWALING PINOY'S SUBMIT-A-RECIPE CONTEST – DECEMBER

DEADLINE

December 31, 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 –DECEMBER

DEADLINE

December 31, 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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TASTE OF HOME: HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES WITH A SPIN RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

January 18, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Enter your best side dishes — especially the unusual ones you reserve for holiday feasts.

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: 13x9 EVERYTHING RECIPE CONTEST

DEADLINE

January 25, 2018

DESCRIPTION

The 13x9 pan can hold it all: breakfast quiche, layered salads, rolls, hearty casseroles, super sides, and luscious desserts. Anything that is prepared in this universal pan is a valid entry for 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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MUSHROOM MADNESS RECIPE CONTEST 2018

DEADLINE

January 31, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Submit a original recipe featuring wild or cultivated mushrooms as an ingredient. You may enter any type of dish. The recipe may not have been published anywhere, except your personal blog.

ELIGIBILITY

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

PRIZES

Grand Prize: Port Orford Cedar plank and a copy of Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms by Paul Stamets. More than one prize may be awarded at the judges' discretion.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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CUISINART'S "GET COOKING! CONTEST" - PERIOD 7

DEADLINE

January 31, 2018

DESCRIPTION

Enter an original recipe. This is the seventh 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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STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE 2018 COOKBOOK CONTEST

DEADLINE

March 12, 2018

DESCRIPTION

The format for this annual contest has changed again this year. This year there are four categories: Appetizers; Entrées; Desserts; and Nostalgia (for this category, include memories behind a dish, and perhaps the image of the originating cook). Submit all recipes with a photo of the finished dish. 
Six food recipe finalists and and one drink recipe finalist from each category will be asked to bring their prepared recipe to the annual taste-off. The final judging event will be held at The Hilton Garden Inn on April 8, 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to legal residents of New York and New Jersey who are age 18 or older.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $1500.
Runner-up Prize: $500.
28 Finalist Prizes: A selection of Sponsor branded products (ARV $200).

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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MRS. BLUM'S RECIPE CONTEST 2019

DEADLINE

May 1, 2018

DESCRIPTION

This year, the theme for Mrs. Blum's Recipe Contest is "Holiday Cookies". Mail in an original recipe.
The year in this contest's name is the year's almanac in which the winning recipes are published.

ELIGIBILITY

No restrictions are given by residency or age.

PRIZES

Grand Prize: $500.

DETAILS

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RULES & REGS

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