Maple Leaf Farms Announces 2017 Discover Duck Chef Recipe Contest

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More than $20,000 in prize money to be awarded to professional chefs and culinary students.

2017 Discover Duck Chef Recipe Contest
'Legs, Legs, Legs' is the theme of the Maple Leaf Farms annual chef recipe contest.

Maple Leaf Farms has declared 2017 the year of the Duck Leg, with “Legs, Legs, Legs,” being the theme of its annual chef recipe contest. Maple Leaf Farms challenges professional chefs and culinary students to create a dish which showcases duck legs or duck leg meat as the main ingredient and is offering more than $20,000 in prize money in the 2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest.

With this year’s contest, Maple Leaf Farms strives to inspire chefs to broaden their thinking and create duck applications that fit into all restaurant segments -- from local bistros or brew pubs to fine dining and non-commercial operations.

“Recipes don’t need to be complicated or fancy,” said Maple Leaf Farms Director of Duck Marketing, Cindy Turk. “They just need to be delicious. Duck is inherently flavorful and lends itself to simple preparations.”

The 2017 Discover Duck Recipe Contest is open to professional chefs and culinary students who are enrolled in a professional culinary school. Recipe entries must include a Maple Leaf Farms duck leg product and will be judged according to creativity/originality, accuracy of the recipe and flavor. Professional and student chef recipes will be judged in separate categories, each with their own cash prizes. Entries will be accepted March 1 through June 4, 2017.

Entrants will compete for more than $20,000 in cash prizes. Professional chefs will vie for a $10,000 grand prize and four additional finalist prizes of $1,000 each. The top student chef will win $5,000 with $500 awards going to four additional finalists. In addition, each student finalist will receive a chef’s knife set. The decision of the judging panel will be final.

The contest is open to U.S. residents, 18 years old or older. Entrants must be one of the following: professional chef, sous chef or lead line cook in a restaurant, catering company or non-commercial foodservice establishment, or a student currently enrolled at a professional culinary school.

Complete contest rules and entry details are available online at http://www.mapleleaffarms.com/chef-recipe-contest. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 4, 2017.

About Maple Leaf Farms:
Maple Leaf Farms, Inc. is America's leading producer of quality duck products, supplying retail and foodservice markets throughout the world with innovative, value-added foods. Founded in 1958, Maple Leaf Farms is a fourth generation family-owned company. For more information, contact Maple Leaf Farms at 1-800-348-2812 or visit http://www.mapleleaffarms.com.
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