The Ohio Poultry Association is once again sponsoring three culinary competitions, centered on eggs and turkey, on Saturday, July 27, at the 2019 Ohio State Fair. OPA is encouraging Ohioans to submit their best recipes for consideration, but must do so quickly as the deadline to enter is approaching – June 20.
Egg-citing and Devilishly Good
The Egg-citing and Devilishly Good competition will begin at 10:30am featuring a cook-off for Ohio food bloggers, followed by a cook-off for professional and amateur chefs. Contestants will be provided with eight hard-boiled eggs and will then have 30 minutes to prepare 12 deviled egg halves with their own ingredients, utensils and display items. Amateur and professional chefs will compete for a cash prize, and food bloggers will compete for the coveted rosette and bragging rights. A New Entrant Award and a $25 prize will be given to the first-time competitor with the best recipe. Also sponsored by the Kroger Company, the competition will reward all participants with a $10 Kroger gift card upon check-in.
In partnership with the American Dairy Association Mideast and The Kroger Company, the Egg-stra, Egg-stra! competition will begin at 12:30pm. Open only to amateur chefs, participants have the option to create a dish in either the Egg-stra Sweet or Egg-stra Savory class with no more than three distinctively different dishes in each class. Egg-stra Sweet recipes may include, but are not limited to brownies, cupcakes, cheesecake or cream puffs. Egg-stra Savory recipes may include, but are not limited to, frittatas, tarts or quiches.
In this contest, only real dairy products and eggs may be used. All entries must contain at least ½ eggs per serving and should contain a minimum of six servings per entry. Each contestant will receive a $10 Kroger gift card upon check-in. A $50 First Time Entrant Award will be presented to the first-year competitor with the best entry, and cash prizes will be awarded to first through fourth place winners in each class.
Back for the third year, the Turkey Grilling Cook-Off will run from 2:30 – 3:00 p.m., and new for the 2019 competition, the Chicken Grilling Cook-Off will run from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Contestants in the turkey grilling competition will be provided with ground turkey and a cut of boneless breast, and will have 45 minutes to grill and present four completed plates with both turkey products with a sauce and their choice of a side or garnish using their own ingredients and supplies.
Contestants in the chicken grilling competition will be provided with chicken wings and breast, and will have 45 minutes to grill and present four completed plates with both chicken products, along with a sauce and their choice of a side or garnish using their own ingredients and supplies.
Open to both professional and amateur chefs, each grilling competition will result in a first, second and third place winner with cash prizes for each. The professional and amateur classes are each limited to the first 20 entries, and contestants must be 21 years of age or older and must present a valid I.D. to compete.
All three competitions will be judged on taste, creativity and presentation. Winning entries will be displayed the day of the competition and then replaced with a photo of the entry. All other entries will be released immediately after judging.
All participants must be a current resident of Ohio to compete. For more information and to sign up for a competition, visit http://ohiostatefair.com/culinary/.