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HELENA, Ark. -- Ingenious with ingredients? The 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo Recipe Contest
is your chance to show off your culinary cunning.
“Sweet or savory, sticky or fragrant, rice is the perfect canvas to showcase your
kitchen talents, whether you’re an A-lister with appetizers or dexterous with desserts,”
said Keith Cleek, Philips County extension agent with the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture.
The third annual contest will be held Friday, Aug. 1, in conjunction with the Arkansas
Rice Expo at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart.
“The objectives of the contest are to promote the healthy attributes of cooking with
rice, to showcase the rice industry, and to advance cooking skills,” Cleek said.
The deadline for entries to be received is June 10 and winners of the preliminary
round will be notified by July 1.
How to enter
“Send us your tried-and-true best rice recipe for preliminary judging,” he said. “Sit
back and wait, and if your recipe is chosen among the top 10 in the state you get
an invitation to prepare your dish and show it off at the Arkansas Rice Expo.”
Rice in any form must be the prominent ingredient in the recipe and ingredients should
be easily obtained in any local grocery store.
Each contestant should submit a completed electronic entry form, and electronic copy
of their recipe as well as a hard copy of the entry form and three copies of 8.5 x11
typed recipe for the judges. The recipe should be in standard format including the
ingredients with measurements in order of use, followed by step-by-step preparation
and cooking methods.
The number of servings as well as the cost per serving should also be included. Example:
(Total cost of dish divided by number of servings = cost per serving)
Mail entry forms to: Keith A Cleek, AEA-EFNEP/FCS Phillips County P O Box 684, Helena,
Each entry will be reviewed by the Rice Expo Recipe Committee and the top 10 will
be selected for presentation on Aug. 1. The top 10 contestants will be notified by
Prepared rice dishes will be checked-in between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Aug. 1 at the
Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. Contestants will be provided a 2-foot by 2-foot
table area to create a display of their choice that may include items such as decorative
linens, floral arrangements, service dishes, etc. for the presentation of their dish.
Food must be received at safe temperatures. Please refer to the below mentioned food
safety publication. Dishes may be reheated after arriving. Temperature will be monitored
at check-in to assure safe food handling. If food is not received at the correct temperature,
points will be lost under palatability, due to not being able to taste the dish. For
additional information on Safe Food Handling Practices and correct temperatures contact
your local County Extension Agent – FCS or refer to the Extension Publication FSFCS82
“A Quick Consumer Guide to Safe Food Handling", which can be accessed via the internet from http://www.uaex.uada.edu/publications/pdf/fsfcs82.pdf.
The top 10 entries will be judged on the basis of the recipe and the dishes’ appearance.
Five entries will move into the semifinals. The semifinalists’ dishes will be judged
on palatability of the rice and overall taste of the dish. The semifinalists will
be interviewed by the panel of judges and be asked a series of questions about the
ingredients and preparation of their dish. Special consideration will be given to
how healthy and nutritious the dish is. The decision of the judges is final.
Winners must be present at the awards presentation to receive prizes. Winners who
fail to appear at the presentation will automatically forfeit all awards.
Prizes will be given for the first-, second- and third-place winners.
The first place winner’s recipe will be highlighted in the 2015 Rice Expo Cookbook.
For more information or a complete list of the rules contact your local County Extension
Office. Or visit our web page at www.uaex.uada.edu.
The Rice Recipe Contest is an official event of the University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture Research and Extension Arkansas Rice Expo. The contest is
open to all eligible adults age of nineteen and above, regardless of race, color,
national origin, religion, gender, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other
legally protected status.
By The Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) email@example.com