Maple Leaf Farms Launches 2014 Chef Recipe Contest
March 2014

LEESBURG, Ind. (March 5, 2014) – Maple Leaf Farms has launched the 2014 Discover Duck Recipe Contest with a hefty new grand prize of $10,000. Open to professional chefs and culinary students, the focus of the 2014 contest is “Duck Redefined,” which challenges participants to create a contemporary dish featuring duck as the main ingredient. Entries will be accepted March 1 through June 6, 2014.
 
“Duck is so versatile, the possibilities are endless,” said Maple Leaf Farms Director of Duck Marketing Cindy Turk. “This contest gives chefs a chance to showcase their culinary creativity so we anticipate duck in a plethora of concepts including soups, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, entrees and even a dessert or two.”
Recipe entries must include a Maple Leaf Farms duck product and will be judged according to originality, flavor, accuracy of the recipe and innovative use of duck products. Professional and student chef recipes will be judged in separate categories, each with their own cash prizes.
 
Entrants will compete for more than $19,000 in cash prizes.  Professional chefs will vie for a $10,000 grand prize and four additional finalist prizes of $1,000 each. The top student chef will win $2,500 with $500 awards going to four additional finalists. In addition, the winning student's culinary school will receive a selection of duck products valued at $1,000. The decision of the judging panel will be final.
 
The contest is open to U.S. residents, 18 years old or older. Entrants must be one of the following: professional chef, sous chef or lead line cook in a restaurant or non-commercial foodservice establishment, or a student currently enrolled at a professional culinary school.
 
Complete contest rules and entry details are available online at www.mapleleaffarms.com/chefcontest. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 6, 2014.