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Submit Your Recipe to The Great Iowan Recipe

The Great Iowan Recipe

June 17, 2022

Iowa PBS is looking for the great Iowan recipe and we want YOU to submit! Enter our food competition at the Iowa State Fair this year to be considered for some great prizes and to have your recipe named The Great Iowan Recipe.

The Great Iowan Recipe Competition

Your recipe must be important to your family, heritage or legacy for The Great Iowan Recipe competition. To compete, prepare the recipe for tasting and judging and include a written statement about why the recipe is important to you. Entries will be judged on taste, presentation and the connection to your meaningful story. Judges for this special competition include Diego Rodriguez Negrete, Executive Chef at Proof, Laura Rodriquez, Chef and Owner of Mama Laura's Meals and Lisa LaValle, Chef and Owner at Trellis Cafe.

Find a full list of rules and regulations on the Iowa State Fair’s website.

This contest is in celebration of The Great American Recipe, a new Iowa PBS series that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic. Hosted by Alejandra Ramos and featuring judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot, the series will give talented home cooks from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes and compete to win the national search for The Great American Recipe. The program premieres on Friday, June 24.

The fee to enter a food competition at the Iowa State Fair is $10 and the deadline to participate is Friday, July 1. You do not need to specify the division/class until the item is brought to the fair for judging, but you do need to purchase an entry tag before July 1 to participate. See more about submitting to The Great Iowan Recipe Contest below:


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Caryline Clark

As the Engagement Manager at Iowa PBS, Caryline Clark connects people, organizations and communities to broaden understanding, deepen relationships and positively impact the lives of Iowans across the state.