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We're Headed for a Showdown...a Recipe Showdown
Friday, April 27, 2007 | posted by Mike

Nothing like an overly dramatic headline to finish off the week!

I made a brief mention of this in the Crumbs entry from Wednesday, but there has been a whole lot of commotion around the announcement of this new show, so I figured it might warrant a little more space. The new show is called Ultimate Recipe Showdown and it just might be your chance to get your face on Food Network while at the same time paying tribute to Granny's Chicken Pot Pie recipe. According to the FN press release:

Calling all cooks! If you have a recipe that always gets requested for every family party, consistently wins the neighborhood competitions or was passed down from grandma, then Food Network wants to put them on TV for all of America to see. Food Network is looking for America’s best recipes to be showcased on the new series Ultimate Recipe Showdown, it was announced today by Bob Tuschman, Senior Vice President, Programming and Production. Starting April 25th, Food Network will begin accepting entries for the ultimate recipe contest that culminates in a showdown of epic proportions in Los Angeles. Whether a recipe is a new creation or has been in the family for generations, Food Network wants to know what America is cooking and the stories behind the delicious dishes.

"But Mike, what kinds of recipes are they accepting?"

CHICKEN – Whole, Fried and Soups & Stews

CAKES – Chocolate, Birthday and Cupcakes

COOKIES – Chocolate Chip, Spice and Bar

PASTA – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Lasagna and Stuffed

COMFORT FOOD – Sandwiches, Mac & Cheese and Chili

BURGERS – Beef, Poultry and Seafood/Veggie

"Sounds great! How do I submit my recipe?"

The top nine entries in each category will travel to Los Angeles in August 2007 and show-off their skills on-air in the ultimate competition. The contestants will compete for $10,000 and the title of “Ultimate Recipe.” Entrants should go to www.foodnetwork.com/ultimaterecipe to submit their recipe(s) to the show. The website will also give helpful hints on how to write up the recipe and suggestions for which category is appropriate. Applications will be accepted from April 25 – May 25, 2007.

I still have to check the fine print, but I'm guessing that my "Hamburger Helper with Fresh Grated Cheese" recipe probably won't qualify. I kid.

I tried to actually do a little "journalisming" and find out a couple details, including who will be hosting the show and whether they'll have any "celebrity judges," but nothing is set at this point. Hopefully we'll hear a little more once they start taping later in the summer.

If any of your decide to try your luck and submit, be sure to let me know how it goes. We'd love to hear about it.



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