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Foster Farms Cooking Contest


On August 25, 2010 at Kathy Casey Food Studios in Seattle our five Washington semifinalists competed for the chance to have their dish selected to move forward in the first-ever Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest. These five semifinalists’ recipes had been chosen from nearly 2,000 recipes but only two would represent Washington at the final event.

The five semifinalists and their recipes were:

Marci Adelsman of Kent
Brown Rice Chicken Salad
John Hanrahan of Olympia
Vietnamese Caramelized Chicken Drumsticks with Apple Slaw 
Kay Hollo of Vancouver
Spicy Peanut Chicken 
Monica King of Vancouver
Balsamic Mushroom Chicken with Honey Goat Cheese
Kathleen Seaton of Bonney Lake
Thai Ground Chicken Salad

Each recipe was carefully prepared for a panel of three judges: Kathy Casey, celebrity chef and cookbook author, Cynthia Nims, contributor to Seattle Magazine and Cooking Light magazine, and Jamie Peha, host of Table Talk Radio. The judges enjoyed the unique fresh chicken dishes and had the difficult task of selecting the top two dishes. In the end though, Marci Adelsman and her Brown Rice Chicken Salad and Monica King and her Balsamic Mushroom Chicken with Honey Goat Cheese emerged victorious.

The two regional winners each received $1,000 and a trip to California’s Napa Valley to compete in the final event for a chance to win $10,000 and a one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken. Wondering who ended up winning the grand prize? Check our final event to find out!