Dole Packaged Foods Launches Annual $25,000 Recipe Contest

Dole Packaged Foods has kicked off its sixth annual California Cook-Off recipe contest.  The company is looking for cooking enthusiasts who are a fan of healthy, GMO-free fruits and grilling to enter a unique recipe at Dole.com/cookoff that incorporates at least one Dole Packaged Foods product and can be cooked on the grill.

Three finalists will be selected from around the nation to compete in the finals in Los Angeles on June 28, where they will prepare their Dole dish in front of onlookers at Santa Monica Place and a panel of judges led by celebrity chef Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City, Calif. for a chance to win $25,000. The culinary team at Dole and Chef Ben Ford will be looking for the top recipes that demonstrate the best use of DOLE Packaged Foods products, creativity, flavor, taste, ease of preparation and presentation.

Alice Phillips, Ben Ford, Brad Bartlett

From left to right: Brad Bartlett, president of Dole Packaged Foods; Ally Phillips, 2012 winner; Chef Ben Ford; and Dole MC Tom Lowe.

“Challenge yourself—whether you’re a young adult learning your way around a grill, an expert at feeding your family or a full-time worker bee who is challenged to eat healthfully throughout a busy schedule—$25,000 is at stake here and it could be yours,” says Chef Ben Ford. “Visit Dole.com/cookoff and enter your best recipe today.”

For those that would prefer to sit back and enjoy the competition by the three Cook-off finalists than fire up a grill of their own, they can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win at Dole.com/cookoff.

The 2014 DOLE California Cook-Off contest will close on May 19, 2014. Submit at least one appetizer, small plate or healthy-portion-sized dish that can be prepared in 60 minutes or less on a gas grill using at least one DOLE packaged product and no more than ten additional ingredients. Participation is simple – check out Dole.com/cookoff for more information and the official contest rules.

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