Does $10,000 and some gourmet chocolate sound like a sweet way to start off the new year?
We think so.
Participants must create a sweet or savory dish using Scharffen Berger chocolate and one of 16 "adventurous" ingredients, which range from mint and Malbec to black-eyed peas and banana leaves.
One grand prize will be awarded in each of the contest's two categories. A second-place prize, which includes signed cookbooks and an array of Scharffen Berger chocolate, also will be awarded in each category, according to the contest Web site.
You better get cooking, however. Contest entries must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 3).
For contest rules and information, follow this link to the contest Web site.
If chocolate isn't your thing, don't worry, there are several other food-related contests currently seeking participants.
The California Wild Rice Advisory Board is sponsoring a recipe contest featuring wild rice and wild rice blends for California and Nevada culinary professionals.
Innovative and inspiring use of wild rice in starters, salads and side dishes is the focus of the contest, which is open to chefs, chefs-in-training, food writers and bloggers, caterers, test kitchen professionals, dieticians, food stylists and food photographers, an advisory board news release states.
The grand prize is $1,500. The contest is open until Feb. 28. For more information, go to the advisory board's Web site.
Are you a better decorator than cook?
Wilton Armetale's table setting contest may be for you.
The Pennsylvania-based company known for its metal cookware and serveware is asking customers to send in pictures of their best table settings from the holidays.
Table settings must include at least one piece of Wilton Armetale.
First place is $1,000, second place will get $500 and third place $250, the Web site states.
The contest ends Jan. 15.
Go to Wilton Armetale's Web site for contest rules and information.
There's even a recipe contest for middle schoolers who need something to do this winter break.
Del Monte, Johnson and Wales University, Home Baking Association and the Healthy Kids Challenge, a non-profit group, have teamed up to hold the 8th annual "Stirring Up Health" recipe contest.
Middle schoolers are challenged to develop or modify a recipe to make it healthier using Del Monte brand fruits or vegetables as a primary ingredient, according to a news release by the Healthy Kids Challenge.
The contest ends March 13. Follow this link to the Healthy Kids Challenge for more information.