Originally Posted by LPBeier
I entered a cooking competition while in culinary school. ....... For me, the consolation prize was better than the chance to win a medal!
My point is that here at DC you are treated like a winner all the time and competition isn't necessarily as glamorous as it is made out to be.
As I get older I continue to find wisdom in the saying that life is about the journey and the discoveries we make along the way. The journey is often more memorable and rewarding then the destination.
For instance, you found great pleasure in seeing other enjoying the recipe, and you disliked having to "perform" as part of the contest. So perhaps contests where your recipe was judged only on it's merits and not how you deal with being in the spotlight might work for future contests.
Maybe for you cash isn't the ideal "prize" - perhaps you'd "get"
more from the experience if part of the prize was seeing your recipe in a printed publication that you respect or having it added to the menu of an establishment you can be proud to be associated with. How you define accomplishment or satisfaction is personal.
There are so many contests out there and the requirements are just as varied. Prizes aren't always monetary and in person participation isn't always required.
I've learned that I do well cooking in person in front of groups. I've done many demo's and group cooking classes. I've learned that I don't care for contests that require me to submit a video tape. I may learn to like that medium, and I'm keeping an open mind about it, but those contests just don't get me excited about the process.
As with so many things in life, find something that "fits" and strikes you as fun. With any luck, the outcome, win, lose or draw, will leave you feeling like you've accomplished something. Sometimes the accomplishment may be something small, like developing a dish you're proud of and getting it in by the deadline!
Personally, I think that if a person's only motivation in life are the financial rewards, they're missing out on so much in their lives.