California Giant Berry Farms is welcoming retail chefs to its third annual Chef Invitational for the first time.
“The Chef Invitational has continued to build great relationships with our foodservice partners and their talented chefs and we’re happy to add the retail channel chefs to the event this year,” says Tom Smith, California Giant Berry Farms’ director of foodservice. “The more the chefs are talking about and using berries in innovative new recipes, the more berries we sell. And at the end of the day, we are driving innovation and ultimately driving sales.”
Both foodservice and retail chefs are invited to submit their top berry-inspired entrees and desserts for a chance to be selected as a Chef Finalist who will compete in the invitational in Portland, Oregon, July 19-22.
The online submission portal is now open, and chefs are asked to submit at least one berry-inspired recipe by May 1 to be considered as a finalist. Recipes will be judged on appearance, use of at least two berries in a quantity of one cup or more, flavor and creativity.
Finalists will be announced on May 11 and will learn of the next challenge of the competition upon arrival in Portland. Finalists can expect blueberry field tours, educational events, berry tastings, swag bags, meal events, and more.
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