The Cosmic Crisp apple has announced its first ever Culinary Challenge, seeking unique recipes and fresh takes on existing ones. The brand’s contest is inviting entries across the United States and Canada in four categories: Home Chef, Professional Chef, Retail Chef and Kid Chef.

In addition to offering prizes and bragging rights, the Cosmic Crisp Culinary Challenge will have celebrity judge Carla Hall choose each category's winner. Winners will also be treated to a virtual meet and greet with Hall.

Developed over 20 years through classic breeding at Washington State University’s tree fruit program, the Cosmic Crisp apple is prized for its flavor, texture, juiciness and striking color. The branded apple is also known for its incredible versatility from fresh snacking and baking to cocktails and decor.

“We have grown a passionate community of Cosmic Crisp apple fans in the few years it’s been available,” says Kathryn Grandy, chief marketing officer for Proprietary Variety Management, the company responsible for marketing the brand. “And this is the first season we have enough volume for shoppers to find Cosmic Crisp from now until the next fall harvest. We consistently see creative uses of the apple, the time was right to create an official challenge and reward the best recipes from a variety of chefs.”