March 2, 2012
You could be Safeway's next chef and a Skillet Meals star

If you have faith in your cooking skills and want a job in a professional kitchen, Safeway, Inc. has an offer.

It's looking for a chef to work in its 4,000-square-foot research-and-development recipe center, Safeway Culinary Kitchens in Pleasanton. Bonus: His/her original recipe will be included in the lineup of Safeway's Open Nature Skillet Meals.

All you have to do is win a national competition by "demonstrating a passion for innovation" in creating a recipe for a skillet meal "with 100 percent natural ingredients."

"We are the first to host a major competition where a talented chef has the opportunity to win a new job and develop a product that will be on the shelf in a major national grocery store," said Safeway senior vice president Joe Ennen.

The competition will include an April 23 regional cook-off at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Later, the judging panel for the final cook-off in Pleasanton will include chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli of the Food Network's "Chopped" and "Iron Chef."

For all the details and to enter, go to

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