1. Contestants

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

  • A total of 15 semifinalists, 5 from each state, will be personally notified by phone and in writing that their recipe has been selected to be professionally prepared at his or her appropriate regional contest.

  • From the regional level, 6 finalists, 2 from each state, will be personally notified by phone and in writing that their recipe has been selected and that they are invited to compete in the final contest in Northern California in September 2010. Finalists must be present at the final contest in order to be eligible to win. (Final contestant transportation to the finals and one night lodging will be paid for by Foster Farms.)

2. Promotion

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

3. Call for Entries/Recipe Submissions

  • Entries (you may submit more than one entry) may be submitted via the Foster Farms website, by email at or by mail to Foster Farms, Cooking Contest, PO Box 306, Livingston, CA 95334. 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.

4. Recipe Requirements

  • It is a contest requirement that all recipes entered must use fresh (raw) locally-grown Foster Farms chicken: a whole chicken, or any part or parts; or ground chicken. The use of fresh, local and natural ingredients are encouraged wherever possible.

  • All recipes must make 4 to 8 servings of chicken (no grilling).

5. Restrictions

  • Employees of Foster Farms or immediate family members of Foster Farms employees are not eligible to participate. Previous grand prize and state winners of the National Chicken Cooking Contest are not eligible to participate.

  • Recipes must be original and not be published in any public forum ("original" is defined as not previously published in the same or substantially the same form).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.”

  • All entries become the property of Foster Farms. Entry constitutes permission to edit, modify, adapt, publish, promote and otherwise use the recipe in any way without compensation.

  • Recipes that do not follow recipe requirements will be disqualified.

  • Contest void where prohibited by law.

6. Judging

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

  • Semifinalists will be notified by phone and in writing in July 2010. Finalists will be notified by phone and in writing in late August/early September 2010.

  • Judges will make decisions based on: taste, use of fresh/local/natural ingredients, appearance/appeal, simplicity/ease of making and originality.

7. Prizes

  • 15 semifinalists receive $100.

  • 6 regional winners receive $1,000. One grand prize winner receives $10,000 plus 104 vouchers (valued up to $10 each) that are redeemable for packages of fresh Foster Farms chicken at participating locations.

  • Taxes on prizes are the responsibility of winners.