Canadian Living Magazine

Canadian Living Magazine

March 30, 2006 17:02 ET

Cook of the Year Contest

Canadian Living Jenn-Air Cook of the Year contest Attention: Assignment Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Home/Garden Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Photo Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 30, 2006) - Canada's number-one women's magazine is calling on home cooks from coast to coast to coast to turn up the heat and get into the kitchen with the Canadian Living Jenn-Air Cook of the Year contest. The challenge -- create an original main-course recipe for casual dining for six. But there's a catch. You have to create your recipe using ingredients from three specified categories. (see below for the details).

The Cook of the Year will have her or his recipe featured in Canadian Living magazine and will receive a state-of-the-art, stainless steel kitchen from Jenn-Air worth more than $10,000.

The contest is open to home cooks only - no professionals. The magazine must receive entries by mail no later than April 24. According to Canadian Living editor-in-chief Susan Antonacci, four finalists for Cook of the Year will travel to Toronto for a cook-off in the Canadian Living test kitchen, June 23. Based on the cook-off, a panel of judges will select the Cook of the Year.

Susan says the contest is a celebration for Canadian Living. "The Cook of the Year contest is about celebrating the role that food plays in our readers' lives. It's also a celebration of the role that Canadian Living has played in our readers' kitchens for three decades. For us, those are absolutely linked." Canadian Living marked its 30th anniversary in 2005.

The panel of judges will be chaired by Canadian Living food editor Elizabeth Baird. Elizabeth says the Cook of the Year contest recognizes the unique role food plays in families' lives. "Of course, we all love to dine out. But at our magazine - the magazine that five million people read every month - we believe that everyday dinners, family get-togethers, and meals made with love are what people remember most.

"That's the kind of cooking that creates a culinary heritage. It binds families and communities together and it's a healthy way to eat.

"Whether it's Tuesday night for the family, Saturday night for friends or Sunday afternoon for a whole neighbourhood, cooking and food are about bringing people together. They're about sharing . . . connecting . . . good times . . . and real pleasure.

"That's what food in Canadian Living magazine is all about and what the Cook of the Year contest is about."

Cook of the Year Challenge:
Create an original main-course recipe for six suitable for casual entertaining. You must base your recipe on ingredients from the following three categories:
1. Grocery Cart (Use at least four of the following ingredients in any amount)
* fresh or dried mushrooms
* sweet peppers (yellow, red or green)
* fresh garlic
* fresh or dried thyme
* any cut of beef or chicken

2. Cupboard and Fridge Standbys (use any of these in any quantity)
* cornstarch
* flour
* granulated sugar
* salt
* pepper
* vinegar
* wine
* canola or olive oil
* stock (broth)
* water
* cream
* butter
* onions or shallots

3. Wild Card
Choose three other ingredients

The Cook-off
Canadian Living will choose and test 16 semi-finalist recipes. Each of those 16 semi-finalists will receive a $300 gift basket of quality gourmet cooking ingredients and specialty products from and a Breville Juice Fountain Plus juicer.

From the 16, four finalists will be selected. They each receive a Jenn-Air 30" electric radiant smooth top cooktop and will be flown -- with a guest -- to Toronto to battle it out in a cook-off in the Canadian Living test kitchen.

After the cook-off, the panel of judges will crown the Cook of the Year.
The Cook of the Year grand prize winner receives from Jenn-Air:
* A 30" Pro-Style stainless steel dual fuel convection oven gas top slide-in range.
* A Pro-style stainless steel hood.
* A Pro-Style stainless steel refrigerator with interior ice and water (20 cft counter depth).
* A Fully integrated Pro-Style stainless steel interior and exterior dishwasher.

For the details visit the Canadian Living web site at You also can see all the contest details in the April issue of Canadian Living.

To Enter
Mail your original recipe, and include your name, age, address, daytime phone number and e-mail address, in an envelope bearing sufficient postage to:
Cook of the Year Contest
C/o Canadian Living Magazine
P.O. Box 7750
Station "B"
Willowdale, ON
M2K 2Z9

Entries must be received no later than April 24, 2006.

To view the photo of Elizabeth Baird please click the following link:

For more information or to arrange interviews with Susan Antonacci or Elizabeth Baird, contact:
Victor Hayes

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