allrecipes.com looking for America’s best recipe!

June 2, 2006

It's a universal truth -- every home
cook has a specialty. Whether it's mom's super secret chocolate chip cookie
recipe or your own unique update on macaroni and cheese, Allrecipes.com,
America's largest community site of home cooks, knows you've got the goods
and is giving you an opportunity to shine in the first annual America's Top
Recipe Contest. Together with USA WEEKEND, AllRecipes.com will kick-off the
online contest on Friday, May 19 and begin a national search for the best,
original recipes in America and honor the everyday cooks behind them. The
grand prize winner will walk away with national bragging rights and
$10,000.
    "Allrecipes.com is essentially the world's largest test kitchen. The
site showcases tried-and-true recipes from the kitchens of America's home
cooks and provides a place for millions of families to turn to in their
search for proven recipes," said Esmee Williams, vice president marketing
and partner affairs. "We are thrilled to team up with USA WEEKEND and give
the talented cooks behind our favorite recipes a chance to shine on a
national stage."
    Starting on May 19 creative, eager home cooks can access contest
details, including the five competition categories (International, Holiday
Family Favorite, Kid Pleaser, Healthy Pleasures and Super Quick Suppers),
rules and regulations and submission details at
http://www.allrecipes.com/contest/. Submissions will be accepted online or via
U.S. mail until midnight (EDT) Friday, July 7. Following the closure of
entries, the culinary professionals at Allrecipes.com will begin the tasty
process of preparing, sampling and judging recipes with the ultimate goal
of narrowing the competition to the top five contenders per category.
Recipes will be judged according to four criteria -- taste, originality,
visual appeal and adherence to category description. Category finalists
will be announced at Allrecipes.com on Monday, September 18.
    Final judging will take place at the Allrecipes.com test kitchen in the
company's hometown of Seattle. A judging panel will be comprised of four
career foodies including culinary columnist for USA WEEKEND and cookbook
author, Pam Anderson; Allrecipes.com food editor, Carl Hanson; and two
other judges yet to be determined. The panel will taste and rate all five
category winners to determine the grand prize winning recipe. The $10,000
grand prize winner, along with the five category finalists, will be
announced in the November 10-12 issue of USA WEEKEND. Category winners will
receive a complete set of Allrecipes.com Tried-and-True cookbooks and an
Allrecipes.com cooking spoon - a nearly $200 value.
    Full details on contest categories, rules and regulations and
submission details will be available at http://www.allrecipes.com/contest/ on May
19.
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