Maryland Invites Chefs to Submit Recipes for Maryland’s Best Chef Contest

The event will feature local products to celebrate the Week of the Buy Local Challenge

ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 1, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) is inviting chefs using local Maryland ingredients to submit original recipes for the Governor’s Buy Local Cookout, to be held at MDA in Annapolis on July 21.

MDA partners with the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) in this contest showcasing Maryland agriculture and seafood. Recipes must be submitted by July 6 and include products from at least one Maryland farmer, mariner or other producer. Chefs are encouraged to submit simple yet creative recipes that include at least one local vegetable/fruit or blue catfish and demonstrate how the average Maryland family can prepare delicious, nutritious meals with locally produced foods at home. RAM will honor two winning chefs, one for blue catfish and the other for fruit/vegetables, with a “Golden Ticket” to the World Food Championships in Dallas. Chefs are also invited to celebrate Maryland’s resilient farmers, boatmen and restaurants at a barbecue.

“Agriculture and seafood play a major role in Maryland’s history and heritage, and I love seeing new dishes that honor that tradition,” Governor Hogan said. “We also take this opportunity to honor restaurants across our state that have adapted during the pandemic and are continuing their recovery.”

A team of chefs, farmers, boatmen and consumers will choose the winning recipes. Event attendees will also choose a winner for an audience award. All chefs selected to attend the BBQ will receive a $200 stipend to offset attendance costs.

The barbecue marks a milestone for Maryland’s local Best Buy program. The state brand for agriculture and seafood is now 21 years old and introduces the state’s farmers and boatmen and their products to consumers in the state and beyond. MDA will also present its programs during the barbecue.

Chefs should note that recipes and biographies of team members may be published in MDAs 2022 Maryland Shop Local Food Recipes recipe book. Complete rules for entry, application, and additional information about other RAM Chief Competitions are available on the department’s website or on the RAM website.


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