Macaroni & Cheese Recipe Contest Winner

July 12, 2006

Elizabeth Guise of Hillsboro,
Oregon took home $5,000 and the title of Grand Prize Winner in the 2006
Grand Finale Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Contest, created by Tillamook
Cheese and hosted by McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants. Elizabeth's
Tillamook Crab & Macaroni Bake recipe was awarded the grand prize after
competing with seven other regional winners from across the country, and
was selected out of more than 1,000 total recipe entries.
    First runner up was Arizona finalist Jenny Flake for her Tillamook(R)
Four Cheese Chicken Florentine Tortellini dish, and second runner up was
Northern California finalist Laura Najar for her Mega-Cheesy Mac-N-Cheese
with Crab recipe. All winners and finalists' recipes are available at
http://www.tillamookcheese.com.
    The grand finale cook-off was held June 23 at McCormick & Schmick's
Harborside at the Marina in Portland, Ore., where fourteen local
celebrities and culinary experts judged the eight regional finalists for
taste, presentation, unique qualities and more. Finalists and guests
received a personal tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory and the Oregon
Coast the day prior to the cook-off.
    This year's contest grew to include eight cook-off locations and a new
Grand Finale component. More than 1,000 home cooks from across the country
submitted their favorite original macaroni and cheese recipes. Three
finalists in each city then participated in a regional cook-off, where they
prepared their dishes from scratch in front of a panel of judges, who
selected the regional winner. Each regional winner received $1,000 in cash,
25 pounds of Tillamook cheese, dinner for four at McCormick & Schmick's
Seafood Restaurant and all travel expenses paid for to attend the grand
finale cook- off with one guest.
    Eight cities fired up its ovens for the 2006 Macaroni and Cheese Recipe
Contest, which included San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Seattle, WA;
Phoenix, AZ; Dallas, TX; Chicago, IL; Tillamook, OR; and Pasadena, CA.
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