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CALLING ALL CHICKEN CHEFS: FOSTER FARMS ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER WEST COAST CHICKEN COOKING CONTEST
Contest features Grand Prize of $10,000 and one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken

3/31/2010
LIVINGSTON, Calif. – Your favorite chicken recipe could be worth $10,000. Foster Farms today announces the call for entries for its first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest. The contest’s champion will earn a prize of $10,000 plus a one-year supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken*. The company is carrying on the tradition of the now defunct National Chicken Cooking Contest, the nation’s longest running and most lucrative cooking competition, but bringing it closer to home on the West Coast. Home, amateur and professional chefs residing in California, Oregon and Washington are encouraged to submit their prized, original chicken recipes for consideration. Recipes must feature fresh Foster Farms chicken and should be inspired by local ingredients as a testament to Foster Farms’ commitment to foods that are fresh, locally-grown and always natural. The deadline to enter is June 30, 2010 at 11:59:59 p.m. PDT and the contest will culminate with finals held in San Francisco in September 2010 during National Chicken Month.

“As a longstanding West Coast brand devoted to the fresh, natural foods of our region, we want to encourage consumers in our area to celebrate local tastes and flavors with chicken as the centerpiece,” said Ira Brill, Director of Marketing and Advertising Services for Foster Farms. “Fresh chicken continues to be a nutritious, affordable mealtime staple on which consumers rely and they’re always looking for new ways to enjoy it. With the Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest, we’re hoping to inspire new ways to prepare locally-grown chicken.”

Foster Farms will host three regional recipe judging semifinals in California, Oregon and Washington in late summer and early fall 2010 culminating with The Final Cook-off in mid-September at one of San Francisco’s most prestigious culinary institutions.

  • Fifteen semifinalists will receive $100 and their recipes will be judged in the regional competitions. Six regional winners - two from each state - will receive $1,000.

  • The six regional winners will head to The Final Cook-off in San Francisco to compete for the grand prize of $10,000 and a one-year* supply of fresh Foster Farms chicken. Finalists will receive travel and lodging accommodations.

    The contest is open to all California, Oregon and Washington residents over the age of 18. Contestants are encouraged to submit their unique chicken recipes featuring fresh Foster Farms chicken and local ingredients, wherever possible. Entries will be judged by members of the food media and culinary professionals.

    For complete contest rules, please visit www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest. Entries can be submitted online at www.fosterfarms.com/cookingcontest, by e-mail at cookingcontest@fosterfarms.com or by mail to Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, P.O. Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334.


    About Foster Farms
    Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken and turkey products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all natural chicken and turkey products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. Based in California’s Central Valley, with ranches also in the Pacific Northwest, the company’s fresh chicken and turkey are produced in or near each region served. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today’s home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers. The company’s commitment to excellence, honesty, quality, service, and people is a source of great pride, and, a longtime family tradition.

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    * Winner will receive 104 $10 vouchers good for fresh Foster Farms chicken.