If you love creating new recipes that your family and friends love, then why not take your talents to the next level and be compensated for it as well? We’re talking about taking part in recipe contests. Not only will your recipes be given widespread recognition, but you’ll also be rewarded with cash and other prizes. And the best part is that you don’t need to be a professional chef to take part in these contests.

You can partake in these events for the experience or win those awesome rewards at the end of it. If you choose the latter, then go through the following strategies to boost your chances of winning:

Bonus Tip:

If you entered, didn’t win but still wanted some sort of compensation in the end, then food surveys are the next best thing. Most restaurants and shops offer gifts and giveaways to anyone who participates in their surveys. Some of the finest online survey sites and apps that do so include:




  1. Snipon
  2. SurveyPlanet
  3. SurveyMonkey
  4. LimeSurvey
  5. QuickTapSurvey

1.  Go Through the Rules

When you’re cooking at home, you aren’t pulled back by any rules. But with recipe contests, rules are essential as they’re one of the most crucial keys to winning. Without following the rules, you could get disqualified for using forbidden ingredients or for preparing a dish that’s not according to the target theme. That’s why you should take as much time out of your busy schedule to read and then reread the contest rules so that you completely fulfil the entrance eligibility requirements.

2. Do Prior Research

You should also take as much time to learn about the people who create or sponsor recipe contests. Most of these events are run by companies that wish to showcase their products. So you have to make sure that they’re the star of the dish you’re preparing.

And if you’re entering contests that are not run sponsored by certain products, then just have a look at some of the past winners and see what kind of recipe got them the trophy at the end. They could be gourmet-style dishes or those that are the simple family-friendly type.

3. Get More Creative

Winning recipes are usually those that stand out from the rest. Most of the times, the idea that you have maybe the same as what other people have to enter themselves into the contests. We’re not saying that you should completely trash the dish you’ve already set out to make, but rather do something else that’s unique or hasn’t been done before.

Try coming up with several different recipes that match the theme of the contest and then go for the one that’s the most unusual (but still matches the criteria).

4. Follow the Right Recipe Writing Format

Family recipes are handed down for many generations but they don’t always fulfil the entrance criteria. That’s why, if you’re thinking about entering into the contest, you’ll need to adjust the recipe here and there. If you need help, you can just look at some of the recipes that are fantastically written from renowned sources.

5. Appeal to Bigger Audience

Bear in mind that the goal of your recipe is to win over new customers for your sponsor’s products. This means that a recipe that only appeals to a few people isn’t going to fly. Unless specified in the rules of your sponsor, you should avoid food that’s too spicy or made with ingredients that are too hard to find.

Another idea is to appeal to a certain group of people by keeping in mind popular trends like “heart-healthy,” “kid-friendly” or “gluten-free” recipes.

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