3rd Annual CREATE IT Maine Recipe Contest

Maine Public's 3rd Annual CREATE IT MAINE Recipe Contest

Are you a legend in your own kitchen?
Do you have the chops to CREATE a winning recipe?

Welcome to Maine Public's third CREATE IT MAINE Recipe Contest inspired by all the wonderful cooking shows found on Maine Public's CREATE TV Channel! We — and our three SUPER partners in this contest, Southern Maine Community College, get real. get maine!, and the Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council — are looking for talented amateur chefs and cooks to put together a fabulous appetizer or entrée that is made from your own creative, original recipe where Maine-grown ingredients are the hero.

Here is what you need to know:

You must be an amateur cook to participate.
The dish you prepare can be either an appetizer OR an entrée.

The dish must be created from your own, original recipe.

Your dish must integrate at least THREE of these specific Maine-sourced ingredients (and the rest of the ingredients are up to you!):

  • Pasteurized cow's milk/cream
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Garlic
  • Potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Parsnips/carrots
  • Fiddleheads
  • Beet greens/chard/kale
  • Maple Syrup/Sugar

Submissions will be judged using these criteria:

  • Recipe and Preparation
  • Use of Maine-Grown Ingredients
  • Originality/ Creativity
  • Visual Appeal

Entrants must submit their recipe in 500 words or less along with a photo of the final prepared dish. All submissions must be sent to us at rsvp@mainepublic.org or mailed to us at RSVP, Maine Public, 1450 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240 by midnight, Friday, May 10, 2019.

What happens next?
Our Maine Public judging panel, in combination with Maine Public’s Facebook following, will review all qualifying entries and then narrow down the entrants to five finalists. These five finalists then will participate in a LIVE cook-off at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland on Saturday, June 1.

At the cook-off, each dish will be prepared LIVE and judging criteria this time will include the tastiness of the dish.

If you have any questions around the contest, please contact us at rsvp@mainepublic.org. Remember, the more imaginative your creation, the better! Good luck!