By Mark Dodd
Competitions are still one way of really gauging the strength
of a person or even of a product. People join contests to
their worth or if not try to see how they could respond to the
expected comparisons, the consequence of beating the
For the performing Arts like dancing, people realize a next
door out. Contests involving the need show talent or ability,
sets criteria in choosing the most wanted winning throne. One
problem in contests is the incidences of fraud caused by
contest organizers, some unfairness from the jurors or judges.
There is one contest that is far from the flaws mentioned
above. It is the cooking contests. Cooking is a good past time
and as a contest it I has the most unbiased results. Does it
end there? No of course. There are helpful steps to join in
debates and to go home away with the bacon.
1. Read and follow directions carefully. Directions are part
the contest. A misunderstanding will cause a big effect if
2. Creativity is the key. Watch food trends and adapt your
recipe accordingly. Try to use your own means to discover ways
on how to keep your skill improving.
3. Do not use abbreviations. If asked to write the recipe
show industry and do not use short cuts.
4. Simplicity and ease of preparation make winning recipes. Do
not act hurried or look so pressured.
5. Use accurate U.S. measurements. Measurement will affect the
taste of your recipe so be keen about it.
6. Garnish is very important. Always remember--eyes eat first.
Catch attention and later the taste.
8. Analyze recipes that have won previous contests. There may
be a trend in the taste of judges or organizers.
9. Be sure ingredients used are readily available. For you not
to cram and destroy your own show, be very prepared.
10. Keep up with current diet and health trends. Health is
11. Write preparation directions in complete sentences. Think
of the receivers of your work. Consider their understanding.
And how you could help.
12. List ingredients in order of use.
13. Study your favorite cookbook.
14. Be creative when naming your dish.
15. Streamline a recipe by combining steps.
16. Adapt a recipe for a different occasion.
17. Create a recipe using ingredients that were once
unusual but are now readily available in your grocery.
18. Consider a dish's versatility.
19. Look for ways to enhance flavor.
20. Create a new shape or appearance for an old recipe.
21. Include the size of any dish, pots, pans, or casseroles
22. State the cooking temperatures and time needed to cook the
23. Give the number of servings. Be realistic. "Serves four"
different from "four servings."
24. The recipe should have wide appeal.
25. Type or print your recipe.
26. Double-check the contest rules.
27. Make a copy of your recipe. Always make a copy of your
recipe for your files.
28. Use a separate envelope for each recipe entry.
29. Your recipe must be original. Originality is a very big
edge over others. It will show how creative one really is.
Cook. Express. Win.
About The Author: Mark Dodd is an independant writer who
for several major publications. His latest project can be seen
at the Cooking Blog www.fcooking.net/.