The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is hosting a new cooking competition called CADairy2Go to leverage the carry out/delivery trend that has boomed in the past year.

The competition will involve 12 professional chefs from across the country submitting recipes that showcase California dairy products in “To-Go” dishes. In the first round, the chefs are divided into two groups: Six chefs will submit recipes in the Cal-Mex category and six in the Cheese & Mac category. In addition, all 12 contestants will summit recipes and compete in the wild card “Innovate To-Go” category.

The top two winners in each category will then compete at the cook-off finals on July 28 in Napa, Calif.

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The pandemic affected all areas of foodservice around the world and forced foodservice operators to focus on carry out and delivery. Whether running a restaurant, food truck or ghost kitchen, operators created new dishes and found new ways to feed and satisfy their customers.

As restaurants return to a more normal state of operations, the market for carry out and delivery will remain steady. The CADairy2Go competition is a challenge to chefs to build on the “to-go” trend and showcase innovative recipes and dishes featuring California dairy products.

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The 12 culinary professionals in the inaugural CADairy2Go event will compete as follows:

  1. Six chefs will each submit a recipe in the Cal-Mex category
  2. The other six chefs will each submit a recipe in the Cheese & Mac category
  3. All 12 chefs will have the opportunity to submit a recipe in the wild card category: Innovate-To-Go
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An esteemed panel of judges will review recipe submissions in the three categories and select two finalists from each. The chefs with the winning recipes will compete in a live, cook-off event at the Culinary Institute of America at Copia, in Napa, Calif. on July 28.

The recipes will be judged using criteria to include:

  • Use of California dairy ingredients
  • Efficiency in preparation
  • Portability — Does it travels well?
  • Taste
  • Innovation
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The six non-finalists receive $500 each

Each category runner-up receives $1,500

Each category winner receives $5,000

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