This fall, just in time for you local county/state fair, find out how to enter their cooking contests. Traditionally there is a baking contest for breads, cookies, cakes, etc. While I lived in Tulsa, OK, I found out that there is also a cooking contest for entrees. Due to the perishable nature of those foods, they aren't displayed during the fair itself. I bought a cookbook that included all the recipes entered for that year. I also found out that professionals were NOT barred from competing. I always thought that was an unfair advantage, myself. I never got around to entering.
You might want to write/email the editor of your local newspaper and ask for the scheduled calender cooking contests in your area.
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