March 05, 2010 08:00 ET

Enter DOLE's California Cook-Off Recipe Contest at for a Chance to Win a Cooking Experience With Celebrity Chef Ben Ford

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - March 5, 2010) -  Do you have what it takes to be a DOLE chef? Find out when you enter the DOLE California Cook-Off recipe contest. Submit your signature entrée recipe at and five finalists will win an all expenses paid dream trip to Los Angeles!

DOLE Canned Fruit has officially launched the California Cook-Off -- an online recipe contest that gives participants the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles and cooking experience with celebrity Chef Ben Ford. By submitting a signature entrée recipe that includes DOLE Canned Fruit or Juice at, participants will automatically be entered to win the ultimate California cooking experience.

Five finalists will be chosen to experience the best in West Coast living, explore the city of Los Angeles and win a cooking experience with one of Southern California's brightest culinary stars, Ben Ford, Executive Chef and Proprietor at Ford's Filling Station. Judging criteria for the Grand Prize winner will be based on best use of DOLE Canned Fruit or Juice, creativity and of course, delicious flavor and taste.

Visit to enter the recipe contest by sharing a signature recipe for an entrée that highlights at least one can of DOLE Fruit or Juice. By using DOLE Pineapple, Mandarin Oranges, Tropical Fruit, Pineapple Juice or Pineapple Mango Juice, as well as no more than seven additional ingredients, contestants will be automatically entered for the chance to win the spectacular Los Angeles cooking experience.

The California Cook-Off event will be held at the Epicurean School of Culinary Arts, one of the most respected culinary schools in California. Each of the five cooking finalists will be teamed up with a professional blogger as their "sous" chef, who will chronicle the cooking experience. The winning Cook-off recipe will appear on cans of DOLE Fruit across the USA.

The California Cook-Off Instant Win Game also offers even more chances to win with DOLE. Just register at and be automatically entered to win one of more than 100 great prizes from

Starting today, visit for a chance to win, and be sure to check out all the easy and delicious recipes for entertaining and every day from!