Your Vote Will Determine One Finalist in the 7th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz® Cook Off

Vote Online at www.manischewitz.com from February 21-28, 2013

Newark, NJ (February, 2013) - The only national kosher cooking competition in America is seeking a 5th finalist to compete live in the 7th Annual Manischewitz® Cook-Off Contest. The public is encouraged to visit www.manischewitz.com to select their favorite of five semi-finalists whose recipes have been posted for the voting session. Thousands of great recipes were submitted, and now it’s time to vote for your favorite one to become the 5th finalist in the competition!

Here are the "People’s Choice" finalists posted on www.Manischewitz.com: Based on your vote, one will become our fifth finalists to compete live on March 21st.

From February 21-28, 2013, voting will be available online at www.manischewitz.com. The contestant receiving the most online votes will join four others, selected by an independent judging panel, to compete live at the Manischewitz Headquarters and Manufacturing Facilities in Newark, NJ. This marks the first year that the contest will be held at their facilities, which have been specially retrofitted for the festivities.

On March 21, 2013 the five finalists will prepare their recipes, live in front of an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of food media and other culinary experts, for the grand prize worth $25,000 including Maytag® appliances, cash and more! Jamie Geller, who is a cookbook author as well as the founder of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine and website, will act as head judge.

Contestants were asked to submit a family friendly recipe that can be created in less than one hour, using one of the Manischewitz All-Natural Broths, such as the new Turkey Broth, or original flavors of Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken, Beef or Vegetable. This competition encourages at home chefs to experiment with Kosher and Manischewitz products and to think about using these kosher items in all types of cuisine, including Japanese, Italian, Mexican, or Greek, all while making delicious, healthy dishes that could become a family favorite.

"We at Manischewitz are delighted to be moving on to the next stage of the competition and look forward to meeting the talented finalists competing in the Cook-Off," says Paul Bensabat, Co-CEO of The Manischewitz Company. "We are excited to welcome them to our headquarters and are eager for the contest to begin," adds Alain Bankier, Co-CEO of The Manischewitz Company.

"Maytag designs its kitchen appliances with the family in mind," says Monica Teague, Senior Manager of Brand Experience. "We are looking forward to seeing the great family recipes that the finalists will be preparing at the Cook-Off and are excited to experience the contemporary flair that they will be adding to traditional family meals."

The four finalists who have just been selected are:

For over 120 years, The Manischewitz Company has inspired great family recipes and ideas. Today, the Manischewitz product line continues to innovate with new and improved products that maintain the highest quality of ingredients. These products range from traditional comfort food items like soups, crackers and stuffings to products with a Mediterranean twist like the delicious couscous and falafel mix to products that are even more healthy with reduced sodium, no trans fat, sulfite free and All Natural attributes.

Additionally, the cook-off raises awareness regarding Jewish American Heritage Month (JAHM), a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The Manischewitz Company is the founding sponsor of JAHM, and will work with the JAHM steering committee to drive awareness of events and programs. Updates on JAHM are available on www.jahm.com and will continue through the end of JAHM on May 31, 2012.