1. How do I enter the contest? Do I need to submit an entry form?

  • Entries may be submitted via the Foster Farms website, by email at or by mail at Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, PO Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334. Formal entry forms will be accepted but are not a requirement.

2. What is the deadline to enter?

  • Online and emailed entries are due by 11:59:59 p.m. PDT on June 30, 2010. Mailed entries must be postmarked on or before June 30, 2010.

3. What are the contest rules?

4. Do I need to use all local ingredients?

  • All recipes entered must use fresh (raw) locally-grown Foster Farms chicken. While the use of other fresh, local ingredients is encouraged, wherever possible, it is not a requirement that every ingredient is fresh, local and natural.

5. What types of chicken products can I use?

  • It is a contest requirement that all recipes entered must use fresh (raw) Foster Farms chicken: a whole chicken, or any part or parts, or ground chicken.

6. What does a “one-year supply” mean?

  • The winner of the final competition will receive 104 vouchers (valued up to $10 each) that are redeemable for packages of fresh Foster Farms chicken at participating locations.

7. Is there a limit to the number of ingredients used?

  • There is no limit on the number of ingredients allowed but ease of preparation is a consideration in the judging.

8. Can I submit a photo of my recipe?

  • We prefer that you do not submit photos. Photos of your recipe entry are not a contest requirement and will have no bearing on the results or selection.

9. How many servings should my recipe make?

  • All recipes must make four to eight servings of chicken.

10. I live in Hawaii. Can I enter?

  • The contest is open to all residents over the age of 18 ONLY in the following West Coast states: California, Oregon and Washington.

11. How do I prove that my recipe is “original?”

  • Recipes must be original and not be previously published in any public forum. ("Original" is defined as not previously published in the same or substantially the same form). Contestant finalists will be required to certify in writing that the entry is "original.”

    12. Who will be selecting recipes for both the regional and final competitions?

  • Semifinalists’ and finalists’ recipes will be selected by judging panels comprised of culinary, poultry industry and food media professionals.

    13. If I win, will I be preparing my own recipe at the regional and final competitions?

  • Not at the regional competition. Regional winners’ dishes will be prepared by culinary professionals. Finalists must be present - and prepare their entry - at the final contest in San Francisco in order to be eligible to win. (Final contestant transportation to the finals and one night lodging will be courtesy of Foster Farms.)

    14. If I win, do I have to participate in the media promotion following the competition?

  • Yes. As part of the contest, winning contestants are required to participate in the promotion of their recipes (media interviews, photos, retail promotion, website interviews, etc.) at no additional compensation.