Cooking contests are a fun way to increase your income from home. If you have a love of cooking and are not entering contests, you could be losing out on hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in prize money.
Cooking contests are hosted all across America. Some involve submitting family favorite recipes, while others involve hands-on competition. Personally, I prefer to submit recipes from the comfort of my home, rather than sweat it out in a highly competitive environment. Those who enjoy a challenge will thrive in competition cook-offs and could walk away with gleaming trophies and oversized checks.
Entering cooking contests can be rewarding and profitable. Prize money can range from a few dollars to $1 million – think, Pillsbury Bake-Off. Numerous food manufacturers offer recipe contests utilizing their product. Add a few ingredients to personalize the dish and you could win money. Life doesn’t get much better than that!
It is quite simple to locate cooking contests online. Use keywords phrases such as: cooking contests, recipe contests, cook-offs, baking contests, cooking competitions, and competitive cooking. If you are looking for cooking events in your area, add the name of your city or town to narrow down search results.
Also search for cooking contest websites. There are many dedicated foodies who seek out contests and post hundreds of them on their websites or blogs. My personal favorites include:
Cooking Contest Central – The Internet’s premier web site dedicated to competitive cooking and recipe contests.
Taste of Home – Offers a wide range of recipe and cooking contests with average cash prizes of $500 or more.
Food and Reference – Not only will you find the best cooking contests, this site offers a vast array of recipes, list of nationwide food festivals and shows, cooking tips, food magazines and much more.
Many of the products purchased at grocery stores contain the manufacturers’ website address on their packaging. I have located many contests simply by visiting their site. If the food manufacturer isn’t hosting a contest, subscribe to their newsletter. You will be the first to know when they do host a contest and can get a head-start on your masterpiece. Chances are you will find multiple recipes to help get your creative juices flowing, along with valuable coupons for future product purchases.
Cooking contests are available for nearly every type of food genre. From grilling to baking and vegetarian to deep-fried desserts, chances are you can find a food contest that fits your style of cooking.
When submitting recipes for cooking contests it is imperative to read the fine print. If you don’t follow the rules, your recipe will be tossed in the trash and you will never know if your glorious creation could have won the prize.
Thanks to the Food Network, cooking at home is regaining popularity. More people are learning how to cook and how to have fun in the kitchen. There has never been a better time to dig out your recipe box or whip up a new version of an old favorite. Doing so could net you some extra cash and bragging rights!