The Maui Food Technology Center is looking for chefs and food product developers for the Hawaii Food Products Recipe Contest. Organizers are seeking new, locally made food products that utilize Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients. Recipes will be judged on taste, appearance, commercial viability of recipe and the best use of Hawaii grown and/or made ingredients; the more local ingredients, the more points will be awarded.
The contest will be held during the Maui County Ag Festival at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Wauikapu on Saturday, April 4. Six servings of the contest entry product must be delivered between 9am and 10am on April 4 to the Grand Taste Education Tent at the Ag Festival.
“We look forward to helping this year’s recipe contest winners bring their food product ideas to market,” said Luana Mahi, President of MFTC. “Hawaii has such an incredible pool of culinary talent and when you pair that with the fresh local ingredients grown and made here at home, it always adds up to a winning combination.”
Hawaii residents 18 and older are eligible to enter. Each entry form must include a list of ingredients in the recipe (specifying the Hawaii ingredients) and a short story about the product.
Winners will receive assistance from MFTC consultants with nutritional label or food science services to help them develop their idea to a product that can be placed on store shelves. The first place winner will receive consultation services valued at $1,500; second place services are valued at $500; and third place services have a $250 value.
Official contest entry forms are available at www.MauiFoodTechnology.org; or those interested can call 808-948-MFTC (6382). Completed entry forms can be submitted via email to info@MauiFoodTechnology.org or via fax to 888-887-4495. The deadline for forms is April 1.
Established in 2004, Maui Food Technology Center is a nonprofit organization focused on growing Hawaii’s food industry, connecting students, food producers and farmers through the practice of food science. MFTC provides non-profit outreach, and business incubation services designed to identify and develop opportunities for local entrepreneurs to be successful in the agriculture and food product industries.
Photo of 2014 winner John Cadman courtesy of MFTC