Five California residents from Monterey, Fullerton, Los Angeles, La Jolla and Albany CA have beaten the odds and have been chosen as California State Semifinalists in the first-ever Foster Farms West Coast Chicken Cooking Contest. The contest narrows its contestants down to two on Friday August 27th, from 8:00am-12:30pm, at Le Cordon Bleu in Sacramento.
Recipes in the contest are required to feature fresh Foster Farms chicken and be inspired by local ingredients as a testament to Foster Farms’ commitment to foods that are fresh, locally-grown and always natural.
The contest's judges at the Le Cordon Bleu semi-final are Adrienne Bankert (KCRA-TV), Niesha Lofing (Sacramento Bee), and Georgeanne Brennan (contributor to SF Chronicle, Fine Cooking, Bon Appétit, and Cooking Pleasures).
The finalists recipes were up against thousands of entries and two of the five semifinalists recipes will be selected to go to the finals.
Those two will receive $1K and move on to the finals at the California Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena CA, vying for a chance at the $10,000 grand prize and a year’s supply of Foster Farms chicken.
The finals will take place in September to coincide with National Chicken Month.
The finalists competing at Le Cordon Bleu on August 27th are:
Megan Bailey of Monterey, CA: Pumpkin and Wild Rice Chicken Fajitas
Sandra Keefe of Fullerton, CA: Black Orange Pekoe Chicken Breasts
Vee Lark-Williams of Los Angeles, CA: Crispy Feta Chicken Croquettes with a Mandarin Orange Sauce
Alexandria Boswell of La Jolla, CA: Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Roxanne Chan of Albany, CA: Minestrone Style Chicken Couscous Risotto
But poultry lovers, this won't be a social hen fest. The semifinals are closed to the public. Only the judges and media will be in attendance, along with the chefs of course!! Good CLUCK, contestants, and may the best chicken win!