2012 Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off®

Last November, I had the pleasure of attending the 2012 Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off® in Portland, ME.  My friend Kristi and I got to meet one of the judges, Tom Pizzica, the host of the Food Network’s Outrageous Food!  The folks from Hood put us up at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa and gave us an all-day pass to the Cook-Off.  At the end of the day, Billy Costa (from the New England Cable News Show TV Diner) hosted the event as the 5 finalists went head-to-head in front of a live audience.  It was fun being part of the audience as they taped the show that was later aired on TV.  You can check out my pictures HERE.  I also gave away a one-night stay at the same hotel and a free Cook-Off ticket to one of my readers!  (STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER HOOD GIVEAWAY FOR ONE OF MY READERS FOR THIS YEAR’S EVENT!)

I’m excited to tell you that Kristi and I have been invited to go again this year! I can’t wait to share the event with you!

Here’s a video of the 2011 Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off®.



Hood has just announced the details for the 2012 4th Annual Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off®!  If you live in New England, I hope you will join the competition!  Here are the details.

Hood Announces
Providence, Rhode Island,
as Location for
4th Annual Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off®


Amateur Cooking Competition Awards $10,000 Prize to New England Home Cook

HP Hood, New England’s leading dairy company, is now accepting recipe submissions for the 4th Annual Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off®.  It was also announced that the amateur cooking competition will move from its previous location of Portland, Maine, to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.  The Cook-Off is set to take place on October 21st, 2012.

“Hood has proudly provided quality dairy products to New Englanders for more than 160 years, and we are thrilled to bring the Cook-Off to another great New England state,” said Lynne Bohan, Hood spokesperson. “Just like Portland, Providence has become known as a “foodie city.”  We look forward to seeing (and tasting!) this year’s creative and innovative recipes featuring Hood products.”

The 2011 Grand Prize winner of $10,000 was Cranston, RI, native Dan Rinaldi, for his Surf and Turf Sliders with Maine Lobster Sauce.

The recipe contest is open to all amateur cooks from the six New England states – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.  The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and be featured in the 2012 New England Dairy Cook-Off recipe book.

Submitted recipes must be original and include at least one of the following Hood products: Hood Milk, Hood Simply Smart® Milk, Hood Cream, Hood Sour Cream, Hood Cottage Cheese, Hood Country Creamer®, Hood EggNog and Hood Calorie Countdown®. Contestants may enter one or more of the following five categories - breakfast/brunch; soups/chowders; appetizers/side dishes; lunch/dinner (entrée); and dessert.

Cooks can submit their recipe or find out more information by logging onto HoodCookOff.com. The deadline for entry is September 10, 2012.

For more information on Hood, please log onto Hood.com or become a fan of the Cook-Off at Facebook.com/HPHood.
About Hood

Founded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood’s portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY®’S Milk and Milkshakes, Fiber One® Cottage Cheese and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit www.Hood.com.

Entry Phase: Now - September 10th
Recipe Submissions Close: Sept 10th
Semi-finalists Announced: October 9th
Hood Cook-Off Event: October 21st

Are you going to enter the competition?



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    kristi says:

    Hi Jane,

    I am looking forward to this year’s cook-off! Should be a lot of fun!

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    How fun to ‘hang’ with another blogger! Sounds like tons of fun…

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    Michelle says:

    I was a judge a few years ago and was really impressed with the dishes presented!

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