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Foster Farms Cooking Contest


On August 27, 2010 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento our five California semifinalists vied for their chance to compete in the final Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest event. These five semifinalists’ recipes had been selected from nearly 2,000 recipes but only two would move to the next stage.

The five semifinalists and their recipes were:

Megan Bailey of Monterey
Pumpkin Seed and Wild Rice Chicken Fajitas

Alexandria Boswell of La Jolla
Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Sandra Keefe of Fullerton
Black Orange Pekoe Chicken Breasts
Vee Lark-Williams of Los Angeles
Crispy Feta Chicken Croquettes with a Mandarin Orange Sauce
Rebekkah Leber of Hayward
Panko-crusted Lemon Butter Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad

Each recipe was prepared and presented to a panel of three judges: Niesha Lofing of The Sacramento Bee, Adrienne Bankert of KCRA, and Georgeanne Brennan of the San Francisco Chronicle. The judges truly had a difficult job selecting the top two dishes from the five tasty recipes. In the end though, Alexandria Boswell and her Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts and Rebekkah Leber and her Panko-Crusted Lemon Butter Chicken with Israeli Couscous Salad emerged victorious.

The two regional winners each received $1,000 and a trip to California’s Napa Valley to compete in the final event for a chance to win $10,000 and a one-year supply of Foster Farms fresh chicken. Wondering who ended up winning the grand prize? Check our final event to find out!