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Posted on: August 24, 2011

Congratulations to Russell Kool of Hillsboro and Timmy Baker of Eugene who will vie for a Grand Prize of $10,000 and one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken.

Oregonians Russell Kool and Timmy Baker today were named winners in the Oregon Regional Finals of the Second Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest held at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland this morning. These two Finalists each won a $1,000 cash prize and will compete at the Finals in person on September 30, 2011, at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in California's Napa Valley. A $10,000 grand prize and one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken will be awarded to the contest's grand prize winner.

During today's Regional Competition, judges Katherine Miller, editor of The Oregonian's FOODday section and blog, Hayley Platt, co-host on KOIN Studio 6, Jennifer Heigl, managing editor of Daily Blender, and Lisa Schroeder, executive chef and owner of Mother's Bistro & Bar, selected Russell Kool 's Crispy Basil Skinned Chicken Breast with Peach Pink Peppercorn Compote recipe and Timmy Baker 's Pan Fried Chicken with Blueberry Pinot Noir Reduction & Goat Cheese Polenta recipe as their top picks based on their recipes' use of fresh, local ingredients, including Foster Farms locally grown chicken. Judges made decisions based on taste, use of fresh, local ingredients, appearance/appeal, simplicity/ease of making and originality. Guests in attendance selected contestant Megan Futrell's Chicken and Mushroom Ragout recipe for the "People's Choice Award".