Vote online at www.manischewitz.com from February 13-24, 2012
SECAUCUS, NJ (January 2012)- For the 6th year, the nationally esteemed cooking contest, Man-O-Manischewitz, had home cooks nationwide entering their favorite family friendly recipe for a chance to compete in the live Cook-Off to be held at the JCC in New York City on March 28, 2012. The contest encourages home chefs to experiment with kosher products while preparing delicious recipes that could become either a new family favorite or that have been shared from generation to generation. The contest produced thousands of great recipe entries and now it’s time to vote for your favorite one!
From February 13-24, 2012, voting will be available online by logging onto www.manischewitz.com. The contestant receiving the most online votes will join four others, selected by an independent judging panel, to compete live in NYC at the JCC in Manhattan on March 28th.
The live Cook Off happens in front of an esteemed panel of judges consisting of food media and other culinary experts, for the grand prize worth $25,000 which includes Maytag® appliances, cash and more! Claire Robinson, who was a finalist on Top Chef, is host of several Food Network shows Food Network Challenge and 5 Ingredient Fix, will act as head judge.
Those who entered were asked to submit a family friendly recipe that can be created in less than one hour, using one of Manischewitz All-Natural Broths, such as the new Vegetable Broth, Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken, or Beef. 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, Greek or whatever else you can think of, all while making delicious, healthy dishes that could become a family favorite recipe.
“We are so excited about the high caliber of recipes entered,” says David Rossi—“We at Manischewitz pride ourselves on our supreme quality and our diverse line of products. This contest speaks to the love that consumers have for our product line. There is truly something for every home chef. “
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 in NYC.
Julie Merriman—Coldbrook, NY—Lamb and Hummus Flatbread
• Eric Silberman—Lincolnwood, IL—“Mod” Matzo Ball Soup
• Bracha Rosenstein—Philadelphia, PA—Polenta Chicken Florentine
• Janice Elder—Charlotte, NC—Many-Splendored Asian Beef
• Susan Asanovic—Wilton, CT—Pan-Roasted Salmon
The four finalists who have just been selected are:
• Jennifer Daskevich—Los Angeles, CA—Crispy Chicken and Cherries
• Jacquie Serebrani-Kesner—Lexington, MA—Gnocchi
• Ronna Farley—Rockville, MD—Chicken Puff Sandwiches
• Andrew Dorsch—Scotch Plains, NJ—Torte Vegetali
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 better for the consumer with reduced sodium, no trans fat, sulfite free and All Natural attributes.
This year’s Cook-Off will support rock CAN roll, which is a non-profit, hunger relief organization that collaborates with rock concerts, schools, corporations, and individuals to collect healthy & nutritious non-perishable food for distribution to local emergency food agencies and into the hands of children, seniors and families who live with hunger and in poverty. rock CAN roll® is built on four basic principles: Healthy Nutritious Dignity & Respect. Bright, eye-catching bin will be set up in major cities during a portion of the contest period so that consumers can make non-perishable food donations in support of rock CAN roll. In support of this effort, Manischewitz will match all donations. www.rockCANroll.org
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.us and will continue through the end of JAHM on May 31, 2012.
About The Manischewitz Company:
The Manischewitz Company is a specialty food company that includes the Manischewitz brand®, Season®, Guiltless Gourmet®, Asian Harvest®, Tam Tam®, Rokeach®, Mishpacha®, Horowitz Margareten®, Jason®, Mother’s®, Carmel®, Croyden House®, Mrs. Adler’s® and Goodman’s® brands. The company offers a diversified line of premium kosher food products that covers over 60 different categories.
The Manischewitz® brand was founded in a small bakery built to make Passover matzo in 1888 by Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1932, Rabbi Manischewitz opened a plant in Jersey City, NJ, replacing the operation in Cincinnati. This move paved the way for the introduction of new products like Tam Tam® Crackers, Chicken Soup, Noodles and Gefilte Fish.
The Season® brand was the inspiration of Issac Epstein, a Polish immigrant who started his career as a food merchant selling specialty products to grocery stores in New York and New Jersey over 80 years ago. In the 50's, as the brand's reputation as a diversified line of high quality, canned seafood, specialty vegetable and Asian products grew, so did the business, with Season becoming a household staple in cities like, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. Today, Season products can be found on supermarket shelves all across the United States, as well as in countries as close as Canada and as far away as Israel.