It was pretty hot in Florida and I'm not only talking about the weather. Our Just A Pinch home cooks were on fire! I'm heading home but wanted to quickly share some highlights with you. I'll share my pictures soon.
The World Food Championships kicked-off with a blogger competition. Paula Todora
placed 8th and Rebecka Evans
got 1st place. What a way to start the competition!
Live demonstrations were happening during the day. I was able to catch one on gluten-free cooking by member Linda Bonwill
. She rocked!
Opening rounds of cooking started and our team was ready to impress!
made it to the Seafood Top 10. She was in 1st place after day 1 of competition. Her sister Jodi
(and fellow Just Pinch member) was helping her in the kitchen.
also made it to the Seafood Top 10. She placed 7th - go Nancy!
Paula Todora made sure her plate was perfect before she turned it into the judges. It paid off... she's in the Dessert Top 10. Paula's in 5th place after the first round.
had her mom helping her in the kitchen. They were a great pair... Juliana made it the Dessert Top 10 placing 9th.
Rebecka Evans double checked her game plan before cooking began. She made the Bacon Top 10 finishing 8th.
Thanks to her second recipe, Lori McLain
took 10th place in the opening round of Fresh.
When the Top 10 winners were announced, I spotted a few Pinchers members up on the stage. Congrats to V Seward
(Fresh) and Donna Bardocz
added the final touches to her Pasta recipe. She made the Top 10 finishing 6th.
made it through the first Pasta round finishing 8th. He had fellow Just A Pinch member Sherri Williams
helping him in the kitchen.
was calm and collected. She finished the first day of Chili in 6th place!
During the Top 10 round, Paula Todora turned in quite the dessert. It earned her 2nd place and $1,500.
We have a Seafood Champion! Cindy Taffel took 1st place in the Seafood category, earned a spot at the Final Table and won $10,000!
Paula Todora was chosen to compete in the Kansas City Steak Challenge. She presented a beautiful dish!
Alex Callegari was also randomly chosen to compete in the Kansas City Steak Challenge. He came in 2nd place and won $1,000!
Darci Bos came in 5th in the Chili competition. She's the first Just A Pinch competitor to place in the Chili Top 10. Congrats Darci!
Cindy Taffel proved that home cooks rule. She created a wonderful Final Table dish and came in 7th. Yay Cindy!
I loved to spend time with everyone this week. We had someone back at the final table this year, which added to the excitement. In total, the Just A Pinch team earned $13,000! Make sure to leave a comment below and let our competitors know how proud of them you are too.
And the winners are...
These home cooks will be cookin' with the pros at the 2015 World Food Championships in Kissimmee, FL. These talented guys and gals may leave Kissimmee with some serious bragging rights... and $100,000 in prize money!
These home cooks did so well at past World Food Championships, they were automatically invited back!
Dessert: Paula Todora
- Keller, TX*
Fresh: Carol White
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fresh: Jodi Taffel
Seafood: Nancy Judd
- Alpine, UT*
*Competing in Kissimmee
We were inundated with delicious entries in the Just A Pinch World Food Championship contest and it was very hard to narrow down the entries. It's pretty clear that ALL of you home cooks have some serious cooking chops!
Leave a comment below to wish the competitors good luck in Florida!
Rules and Regulations
Void outside the 50 United States and where prohibited. Do not proceed in this contest if you are not at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of, and located within, one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of entry. Internet access and photo uploading capability required to enter. Participation in this contest is a benefit of membership to Just A Pinch Recipe Club and is open only to members in good standing. Entrants must be a current member of the Just A Pinch Recipe Club at the close of the entry period in order to be considered for the prize. The "JUST A PINCH WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015" Contest (Contest) begins April 16, 2015, and ends September 4, 2015. Entries must be received by 3:00 p.m., C.T., on September 4, 2015 and entrants must be current members of the Just A Pinch Recipe Club.
Submission of Entry Materials (defined below) constitutes entrant’s acceptance of and agreement to be bound by these Official Contest Rules and the decisions of the Contest judges.
ENTRY: Visit the Recipe Contests section of the Test Kitchen on http://www.justapinch.com to complete the registration. Then follow the links and instructions to enter one or more of your best original recipes and corresponding photo(s) (if applicable) of the prepared dish (recipe and photo(s) collectively referred to herein as "Entry Materials"). Multiple entries will be accepted but each entry must be for a separate and unique recipe. Entry Materials must be created by and original to Entrant. Entrant represents and warrants that the Entry Materials do not violate or infringe any copyright, trademark/trade name, logo, trade secret or intellectual-property right, or other proprietary right of any person or entity. Failure to adhere to the rules of entry will make Entrant’s submission ineligible for entry into the Contest.
ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be current members in good standing of Just A Pinch Recipe Club at the close of the entry period in order to be considered for the prize. The Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Employees of Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC d/b/a Just A Pinch Recipes, 782 Melrose Avenue, Nashville, TN, 37211, and any other organizations affiliated with the sponsorship, fulfillment, administration, prize support, advertisement or promotion and/or their respective agents, affiliates, subsidiaries, and members of their immediate families or persons residing at the same address are not eligible.
WINNER SELECTION: Members may submit recipes for contest consideration from 10:00 a.m., C.T., on April 16, 2015 through 3:00 p.m., C.T., on September 4, 2015. Just A Pinch Recipe Club's very own Janet and the Kitchen Crew will review each entered recipe and choose up to twenty (20) winners from among eight (8) categories: 1.) Chili, 2.) Burgers, 3.) Sandwiches, 4.) Pasta, 5.) Bacon, 6.) Desserts, (7.) Seafood and (8.) Fresh Recipe. All judging is based on overall flavor, ease of preparation, originality and presentation. Winners will be notified by first-class mail, telephone or email. Winners may be required to provide proof of eligibility (to be kept confidential), as well as an acceptable image of Winner for use in contest-related promotions. Decisions by the judges are at their sole discretion and are final and binding in all respects.
PRIZE(S): A total of twenty (20) prize packages will be available to be awarded in the Contest, consisting of an offer to prepare and compete with the winning recipe at the 2015 World Food Championships (WFC) in Kissimmee, FL; waiver of WFC entrance fees; and induction into the Just A Pinch Honorary Kitchen Crew. Approximate Retail Value of each Prize: $250. Note that Winners are responsible for own travel, accommodations and any/all applicable expenses and/or additional fees.
Prizes are nontransferable and may not be redeemed for cash. Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value.
WINNER RESPONSIBILITIES: As a condition of being declared the Winner and being eligible for Prizes, the Winner must sign and deliver in a timely manner to Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC a CONTEST AGREEMENT AND WAIVER prepared by Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC. If the Winner fails to comply with this requirement, the Prize will be forfeited and awarded to an alternate winner. Winner MUST BE ABLE AND WILLING TO BE IN KISSIMMEE,FL NOVEMBER 3 THROUGH NOVEMBER 10, 2015 to purchase groceries for and prepare their winning recipe at the 2015 World Food Championships. Winner is responsible for any and all taxes derived from and/or through the Contest, and Winner’s winnings, if applicable. EACH WINNER IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO BRING A KITCHEN ASSISTANT. The World Food Championships is a live, high-energy competition and kitchen help is strongly recommended. The winning Entry Materials and any performance, demonstration, participation or appearance by the Winner in connection with the Contest or the Prize (the “Property”) will be deemed a Work Made For Hire by Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC under the copyright laws of the United States, but if it cannot be so deemed, then Winner irrevocably sells, assigns and transfers to Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC all of Winner’s right, title and interest in and to the Property, including, without limitation, all copyright and trademark rights, in the United States and worldwide, therein, for valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged. Entrant warrants and represents that Entrant has the power and authority to grant the rights granted herein. If any Winner or Prize notification is returned as undeliverable, Just A Pinch Recipe Club, LLC, in its sole discretion, may cause the Prize to be forfeited and an alternate winner selected. Further, Winner's participation in the 2015 World Food Championship events is contingent upon satisfactorily completing all REGISTRATION AND WAIVER material provided by World Food Championship. All travel arrangements are the responsibility of Winner.
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GOVERNING LAW: The Contest, including construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of this Agreement, shall be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee without regard to choice of law or conflict-of-law principles. Any disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with the Contest or any Prize awarded shall be brought exclusively in a federal or state court in Davidson County, Tennessee.
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GO TEAM !!#