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  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. When do I have to enter by?
    Online and emailed entries are due by 11:59:59 PDT on June 3, 2012. Mailed entries must be postmarked on or before June 3, 2012.
  3. What are the contest rules?
    Please see complete rules at to view formal rules and regulations. Contest void where prohibited by law.
  4. Do I need to use all local ingredients?
    All recipes entered must use locally-grown Foster Farms fresh (raw) chicken. While the use of other fresh, local ingredients is strongly 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 Foster Farms fresh (raw) 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 Foster Farms fresh 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 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.) Contest semifinalists will be required to certify in writing that their 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?
    All semifinalist and finalist contestants must be present - and prepare their entry - at the applicable contests in order to be eligible to win. (Transportation to and from the event and one night lodging will be courtesy of Foster Farms for contestants participating in the regional and final events.)
  14. If I win, do I have to participate in the media promotion following the competition?
    As part of the contest, winning contestants are required to participate in the promotion of their recipes (media interviews, photos, retail promotion, web site interviews, etc.) at no additional compensation.
  15. If I participated in the National Chicken Cooking Contest or as a finalist in a previous Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest, can I still participate?
    Only the previous Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest Grand Prize winners are not eligible to participate.