Cooking Contests

Cooking Contests

Cooking Can Be Fun and Profitable, Too

Camilla Saulsbury of Bloomington, IN won $100,000 for doing something she loves. She won the national chicken cooking contest for her Mahogany Broiled Chicken with Smoky Lime Sweet Potatoes and Cilantro Chimichurri. She competed against 50 other contestants – one from each state and the District of Columbia and endured the television cameras while she created her dish for the finals. But, hey, she probably thinks it was worth the trouble.

Do you like to create new dishes? Why not get paid (by prize or by cash) for your own innovative recipes. Start nosing around and you’ll be surprised to find contests everywhere you look, mainly sponsored by cooking or women’s magazines and food companies. Most won’t pay you a year’s salary for your creation, but the better cooks will do ok and feed their family and friends well in the process. Here are a few contests to consider: