Entry to the Maple Leaf Farms 2015 Chef Recipe Contest to Close Soon

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There's still time to enter the annual duck recipe competition for both professional chefs and culinary students by June 6, 2015.

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Duck is such a versatile protein, the possibilities are endless.

Professional chefs and culinary students are encouraged to submit entries to the Maple Leaf Farms 2015 Discover Duck Recipe Contest for a chance at more than $19,000 in cash prizes. Submissions are being accepted now through June 6, 2015.

Maple Leaf Farms challenges participants to create dishes featuring duck as the main ingredient in a non-traditional way that fit with the contest theme of "Duck Redefined."

“Our contest encourages chefs to think outside the box beyond just roasted whole duck or a sautéed duck breast,” said Maple Leaf Farms Director of Duck Marketing, Cindy Turk. “Duck is such a versatile protein, the possibilities are endless.”

The 2015 Discover Duck Recipe Contest is open to professional chefs and culinary students enrolled in a professional culinary school. Recipe entries must include a Maple Leaf Farms duck product and will be judged according to originality, flavor, accuracy of the recipe and innovative use of duck products. Professional and student chef recipes will be judged in separate categories, each with their own cash prizes.

Entrants will compete for more than $19,000 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 $2,500 with $500 awards going to four additional finalists. In addition, the winning student's culinary school will receive a selection of duck products valued at $1,000. 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 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/chefcontest/. All entries must be postmarked or submitted online no later than June 6, 2015.

About Maple Leaf Farms:
Maple Leaf Farms 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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