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Check out the latest contest opportunities for foodservice professionals. Your customers already know you’re a winner. Now it’s time to let everybody else know about your recipes, too. Especially if you have a honey mango potato sandwich on your menu.

Calls for entries

Restaurant Hospitality’s 2nd Annual Best Sandwiches in America Contest
April 15, 2014

RH editors will select the Top 12 Best Sandwiches in America. For contest details, see page 12 or visit

Jones Dairy Farm’s America’s Best Restaurant Families Awards
March 17, 2014

Any family who currently owns and operates a commercial restaurant operation in the U.S. is invited to enter this awards program that started in 2006. The Grand Prize winner receives a four-day trip to Chicago for up to four family members to attend the National Restaurant Association Show, $500 spending money, a visit to Jones Dairy Farm and $1,000 in Jones Dairy Farm products. For contest information, visit

National Honey Board 2014 Honey Innovation Awards
June 1

Food and beverage professionals have an opportunity to win one of two $1,000 Grand Prizes or a $500 runner-up award in the 2014 Honey Innovation Awards.  Operators can submit innovative honey-inspired food and beverage items that appeared on their menus for at least one week between January 1 and May 1, 2014. For contest details, visit

The National Mango Board’s Mangover Your Menu Recipe Contest
April 30, 2014

Professional chefs and commercial foodservice operators are invited to submit their recipes showcasing the versatility of fresh mango.  Cash prizes will be awarded in appetizer, salad and entrée categories. For contest details, visit

U.S. Potato Board Hot Potato, Healthy Potato Recipe Contest
May 31, 2014

Submit your recipe for a healthier potato side dish, appetizer, salad or entrée, along with a description of why the dish is a better-for-you menu item and what potatoes bring to the party. The Grand Prize Winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the Menu Innovations with Potatoes seminar at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, CA.  A runner-up will be awarded $500 in cash. Visit for competition information.

Winners' circle

MARS Foodservices Chef Showdown 2013 Dessert Contest

Chef Michael Watz, instructor at Washburne Culinary Institute in Chicago, won the $2,000 cash prize for his Mascarpone Twix® and Shout creation. Runners-up were Adam Hegsted, executive chef at Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, ID, and Amber Croom, head pastry chef at Bellini’s Ristorante & Bar in Birmingham, AL.

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