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Welcome to Maine Public’s Dash of Maine “Masterpiece” Cooking Challenge

Hold onto your aprons, because this one is a little different (!) – it tests your culinary chops AND your love for Masterpiece programs on Maine Public Television!
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You have seven weeks – starting the week of September 20 -- to create a unique or much loved recipe using as many Maine-grown ingredients as possible. It can be a dessert, an entree or an appetizer – your choice. You need to provide us with a photo of the completed dish as well as a detailed recipe including ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

What you need to do!

Send us a unique or much loved recipe using as many Maine-grown ingredients as possible along with a photo of the completed dish. It can be a dessert, an entrée, or an appetizer – the choice is entirely up to you! You need to provide us with a detailed recipe including ingredients and step-by-step instructions.

So, what is this “Masterpiece” angle?

Ahh, that is where the fun comes in! You need to also tell us – in a simple sentence or two --which Masterpiece character you’ve made the dish for and why.

Can you give me an example?

How about three! You might send in a favorite rum cake recipe for Inspector Morse to lighten him up a bit. A beans and franks casserole recipe for Lady Mary so she can see how the other half lives. Or perhaps a version of French toast for Poirot to shake him up a bit instead of his usual boiled eggs and a piece of toast cut into perfect squares. The more imaginative your Masterpiece connection, the better.

How often can you enter?

Early and often! We will choose two winners every week starting the week of September 20.

When will you pick winners?

  • Friday, September 24
  • Friday, October 1
  • Friday, October 8
  • Friday, October 15
  • Friday, October 22
  • Friday, October 29
  • Friday, November 5
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Who will be judging?

We are leaving the judging to the experts! Chef Stephen Corry, co-owner of Petite Jacqueline and Portland Patisserie, and a former Food and Wine Best New Chef and a Maine Chef of the Year, will take his knowing eyes to the recipes and the submitted photos. And Maine Public’s Director of Content and Programming Operations, Susan Tran, will weigh in on the quality of each Masterpiece story.

What might I win?

Every winner – remember, two winners chosen each week! -- will receive a copy of Masterpiece: America's 50-Year-Old Love Affair with British Television Drama for their own library and a $25 Gift Certificate to Now You’re Cooking in Bath.

How do I enter?

Send your recipe, a picture of your dish, and your Masterpiece tale (along with your phone number so we can contact you if you are chosen) to us at FUN@mainepublic.org. We will post many of the entries over social media.

Good luck!

HUGE THANKS to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry; HM Payson; The Park Danforth and Southern Maine Community College for their support of this very special Dash of Maine "Masterpiece" Cooking Challenge!