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Most of these contests have very good prizes, some up to $1,000,000 in cash for the grand prize winner. If you like to cook, and have a great recipe, why not enter? You just might win!
NOTE: I only list contests involving some ‘skill’ - I do not have the time or space to list all of the “Sweepstakes” type contests in which winners are chosen at random.
Click Here for a list of previous Contests with expired deadlines

Contests are listed in order by the Entry Deadline date:

Food Network Open Casting Call for Home Cooks
San Francisco, October 25, 2014

McCormick American Home Made Contest - Deadline: October 31, 2014

    A homemade meal has the power to bring loved ones together and bond families through generations — and sometimes it's just the perfect activity for a fun night in.
    Tell us about the dish your family loves and the story around it and we'll feature some of our favorites on this page.
    Submit your story today in text, photos, video or all three, for a chance to be a part of the experience.
    The most inspiring American Homemade story will win $5,000.

Backyard Farms 'Falling for Tomatoes' Recipe Contest - Deadline: Oct 31, 2014

    Share your favorite fall recipe for appetizers, entrees or soups, using some sort of tomato.  Celebrity Chef Ann Esposito will choose her top three favorite recipes to be featured on the Backyard Farms website.
    One Grand Prize Winner will be selected from the 3 finalists.
    The Grand Prize Winner will receive a gift basket containing Backyard Farms tomatoes, a Backyard Farms Tomato Tasting Kit (branded cutting board, tomato knife, olive oil, salt), a Mary Ann Esposito Cookbook, Stonewall Kitchen products and additional food items. (ARV: $500).

Stauffer's It's A Snap Recipe Contest - Deadline: October 31, 2014

    Create a unique recipe using one or more of our delicious Ginger, Lemon & Apple Pie Snaps as an ingredient for a chance to WIN!  Submit in your recipe (with an optional photo) featuring Stauffer’s® Snaps cookies – ginger, apple pie and/or lemon flavored snaps – as an ingredient, using at least one 14 oz. (or larger) Snaps bag.  Winners will be selected based on: ease of preparation (40%), creativity (35%) and adherence to Contest requirements (25%).
       One Grand Prize: a $300 Visa Gift Card.
       One First Prize: a $200 Visa Gift Card.
       One Second Prize: a $100 Visa Gift Card.

Sebastiani's Pizza My Way Recipe Contest - Deadline: October 31, 2014

    Sebastiani is pleased to announce the first annual Pizza My Way contest.  The contest is a homemade pizza recipe contest.  Enter your very own homemade pizza recipe and earn a chance to win $10,000!!!
    To qualify in the Homemade Pizza the crust/dough as well as the pizza sauce must be homemade. All recipes must be able to be prepared in a standard kitchen oven.
    A Grand Prize Winner for the best Homemade Pizza will receive the grand prize of $10,000.
    People’s Choice Winner will receive $1,500.

Estoril Organic Wine Contest - Deadline: October 31, 2014

    Companies will be able to register their brands in the official site as part of the means provided for online registrations
    The samples submitted to the contest must be delivered by October 31, 2014 for EU (European Union) countries; non-EU countries must deliver their samples by the October 15, 2014.
    The contest and judging takes place in Estoril, Portugal - November 27-30, 2014.

Zoup's Really Good Soup Recipe Contest - Deadline: October 31, 2014

    Do you have a truly special soup recipe? Maybe it's one your grandmother "could only make from memory," but then scribbled down after swearing you to secrecy. Or, the one you concocted one night when the fridge was unusually bare and the roads were unusually snow-covered. Or, the one you and your family tried over and over to replicate because it reminded you of a favorite vacation spot.
    Whatever the history of your treasured recipe, we want to hear about it, experience it and maybe even serve it in our restaurant. So, show us what you're made of... actually, what your soup is made of!
    Contest officials will choose finalists from all entries submitted.  Finalists' entries will be displayed in our gallery beginning Nov. 5th, so all visitors can vote on their favorite(s).  From those visitor-selected favorites, contest officials will choose a grand prize winner
    A trip to Michigan for the premiere of your recipe in Zoup's flagship restaurant in Southfield, Michigan and a $1000 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card. Recipe may also be served in all Zoup restaurants.

Trump Int’l Beach Resort Holiday Recipe Contest - Deadline: November 7, 2014

    Submit your own original holiday recipe in the following categories for a chance to win the ultimate family vacation to Trump International Beach Resort!
    Best Appetizer; Best Entrée; Best Side Dish; Best Dessert
    Executive Chef Kurtis Jantz and his team of culinary experts will choose 12 category winners to be featured on the Trump International Beach Resort holiday brunch of December 25th, 2014. To determine the grand prize winner, a panel of judges along with guests of the brunch will vote for the Best Overall Recipe out of all the category winners.
    The Grand Prize Winner will receive:
    6 days/5 nights in a One Bedroom Ocean View Suite; VIP welcome amenity; Breakfast daily at Neomi's Grill; Daily access to Planet Kids, our fun-filled club for children ages 4-12 featuring daily "Enviro-Adventures" themed activities; 50-minute couples massage at Aquanox Spa; One hour, one-on-one cooking demonstration with Executive Chef Kurtis Jantz; A private tour of the Dezer Collection Car Museum; Two (2) half-day water sport rentals to include your choice of: Hobie Cats, Kayaks, Seaduction Lounges, Snorkeling, Waverunner; $1,000 airfare credit as well as transportation to and from the airport.

7th Annual Dei Fratelli Ripened Recipe Contest - Deadline: November 15, 2014

    We're celebrating National Tomato Month with our Ripened Recipe Contest. Share your favorite recipe(s) ... and you could win Dei Fratelli products for an entire year!
    This year's contest offers more options than ever to be creative. Draw on the robust flavors of our traditional gluten-free tomato products, dress up a pizza with our sauce, or try one of our Truly products for a great new appeal to your family's favorite pasta recipes.
    We love variety! Italian recipes, gluten-free recipes, heart healthy recipes ... from a simple spaghetti sauce to intricate lasagna, any and all recipes have a chance to win! So enter now!
    All entries must use at least one Dei Fratelli product as an ingredient.  Your recipe may receive a bonus point if it uses 6 or less ingredients or can be prepared in under 45 minutes.  Be authentic. Original recipes only, please!
    Prize Packages:
       1 Grand Prize Winner: $250 Visa Gift Card and Dei Fratelli assorted product delivered every month for one year.
       3 Runner-Ups: Dei Fratelli assorted product delivered every month for one year.
       6 Honorable Mentions: Dei Fratelli assorted gift pack and Dei Fratelli apron.

The Andes Recipe Contest - Deadline: December 5, 2014

    All recipes must include an Andes product (at least one 10 ounce package of Andes Baking Chips, either variety or at least one 4.67 ounce package of Andes Thins, either variety) from the Recipe Category and must include no more than eleven additional ingredients.
    Only the first 2,500 entries received in each of the two (2) categories will be judged.
    PRIZES for each Category (Andes Baking Chips and Andes Thins):
       One Grand Prize of a $500 Visa gift card
       One First Prize of a $100 Visa Gift Card
       One Second prize of a $50 Visa Gift card.

Sun-Maid Milk Chocolate Raisins “Naturally Irresistible” Recipe Contest - Deadline: December 13, 2014

    Share your favorite original recipe featuring Sun-Maid® Milk Chocolate Raisins.
    Grand Prize: $1,000.
    2nd Prize: A Red Kitchen Aid 5 Qt. Artisan Stand Mixer (ARV $300).
    Five 3rd Prizes: A 1 year-supply of Sun-Maid Milk Chocolate Raisins (52 packages - ARV $100).

Bass Pecan Recipe Contest - Deadline: December 31, 2014

    Submit a recipe using pecans as one of the ingredients.
    Recipes will be judged on taste, originality, feasibility and appearance. Overall winning recipe will be selected by our entire management staff.
    One winner will be chosen as the Grand Prize Winner. This contestant will receive the grand prize of $100 gift certificate to be used at Bass Pecan Company. The winner may be featured on our website. A recipe does not have to be one of our weekly featured recipes in order to be considered for the Grand Prize.

Southern Peanut Growers Recipe Contest - Deadline: December 31, 2014

    A recipe contest for foodservice members, educators or students 18 years or older, this contest is meant to inspire creativity in the professional kitchen.
    Each recipe must use at least 1/3 cup peanuts and/or peanut butter as an ingredient.
    A recipe can be entered in any of the 4 categories:
       Main Dish;
       Salad/Side Dish;
    One Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500
    Four First-Prize Winners in each Category will receive $1,000

Mad About Mushrooms Recipe Contest - Deadline: January 15, 2015

    How fortunate we are to be living in this land of plenty where a fungal feast awaits us when we walk into the woods! You are invited to celebrate our good fortune by creating a recipe which features mushrooms.  The type of dish is yours to choose:  appetizer, soup, salad/vegetable, main dish, miscellaneous (perhaps even a dessert!).   Local mushroomers will prepare and evaluate the recipes, choosing the winners. Contest is open to both amateur and professional cooks.
    Prize winning recipe(s) will be determined based on overall flavor and visual appeal.
    The grand prize winner will receive a locally made Port Orford Cedar plank and a signed copy of mushroom maestro Jack Czarnecki's lovely book, Portobello, sure to delight any contest winner.


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