Calling all Chefs!

Do you have what it takes to be crowned the 2016 GridIron Chef?

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The call for recipes for this year’s GridIron Chef Contest and 5K Fun Run event is now open. You have until October 24 to submit your best nutritious and tailgate friendly recipe. You only need to submit the recipe – not a prepared dish.                                                              

Our expert food and nutrition judging panel will re-create your recipe and select their favorites. All finalists will receive prizes that include items such as Bob’s Red Mill gift cards and products, and College of Public Health and Human Sciences/Moore Family Center swag. The GridIron Chef grand prize winner will take home Beaver football tickets and Bob’s Red Mill gift cards and products – not to mention bragging rights as OSU’s 2016 GridIron Chef.

Your original recipe must contain at least one of the following as its primary ingredient:

  • Vegetable or fruit
  • Whole grain or whole grain product
  • Protein (meats, nuts, beans)
  • Dairy (cheese, yogurt, other)

Other ingredients must allow the recipe to be low in calories, fat, salt and sugar.

Finalists’ recipes will be showcased at the the GridIron Chef Contest and 5K Fun Run, which will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Women’s Building on Oregon State University’s campus.The day will kick-off with a football-themed obstacle course around OSU’s campus and end at our College Tailgate, where run participants will enjoy food, drinks, adult beverages and samples of the GridIron Chef finalists’ recipes. Event attendees will vote for their favorite recipe, which will be announced in front of Reser Stadium before the OSU vs. University of Arizona game.

Although we hope all of our chef finalists are able to attend the event, you are not required to participate in the run or be present to win. Any adult 18 years of age or older can enter the contest. Those under 18 are encouraged to team up with a parent, older sibling or family member or guardian.

“This is a great activity the whole family can participate in,” says Emily Ho, endowed director of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. “Starting healthy habits in our children early in life is important for their development and setting the stage for a healthy life for years to come. You can incorporate healthy and delicious foods into every part of your life – even during football! You can set a good example about what a good tasting and nutritious diet looks like in a fun and engaging way that helps your family, across all generations, make healthy choices easily.”

What are you waiting for? The recipe selection team is eager to see what delicious recipes pour in from your collection!

Click here for more detailed information and to enter your recipe.