Can you provide further clarification on eligibility for food professionals?
Our interpretation of the food professional rule means generally that if someone is paid for work related to their original recipes, then they are not eligible. This includes selling food made using your original recipes, no matter how much (or how little) money you make and whether it is your sole or primary source of income.
“Food professional” may also be defined by a career; for example, chefs, food writers, culinary specialists or food educators, or someone who creates recipes for pay would not be eligible.
You are not eligible if you graduated from a culinary school/program or are enrolled in a culinary school/program at any time between August 7, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
I work in a restaurant; does that disqualify me?
Some people who work in a restaurant (or for a caterer) are food professionals and some are not. Contest officials will consider your job responsibilities and training when determining whether you are a food professional, but you are not automatically disqualified because you work in a restaurant.
I get paid to decorate cakes; does that disqualify me?
Contest officials will consider all relevant circumstances, but if you are not using your own recipes to make the cakes or the decorations, you are not automatically disqualified.
I write a food blog; does that disqualify me?
Some blog writers are food professionals and some are not. Contest officials will consider your blog when determining whether you are a food professional, but you are not automatically disqualified because you write a food blog.
I wrote a cookbook; does that disqualify me?
Contest officials consider selling a cookbook as being paid for your original recipes. However, some activities, such as contributing recipes to a family or charitable cookbook or self-publishing a cookbook that is given away for free, may not make you a food professional, depending on the situation.
I have taken some cooking classes; does that disqualify me?
Contest officials will consider the circumstances of your classes. Enrolling in a formal culinary degree or certificate program would disqualify you, while taking a community education class would not. You are not automatically disqualified because you have taken some cooking classes.
I worked on a recipe with another person. Can we enter the contest as a team?
No. Because our contest rules are based on an individual person entering and participating, partners cannot enter recipes together.
Can I enter on behalf of someone who is unable to enter themselves?
No, you must personally enter your own original Entry. If you know someone with a great original recipe and story, please encourage them to enter themselves.
I see that GE Appliances is a sponsor. Am I required to use these products in my Entry? Will there be special prizes if I do?
No, you are not required to use sponsor products, and there are no special prizes if you do.