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Del Monte announces Week 2 winner of 'Find Your Inner Chef' contest

Del Monte Fresh Produce announced its second of four weekly aspiring chef winners of its "Find Your Inner Chef" online contest.

Karen Gulkin from Greeley, CO, will have the opportunity to move on to the Cook Off Challenge event that will be held in Miami.

"Congratulations to Karen Gulkin on being our second week winner," Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing-North America KarenGulkinKaren Gulkinfor Del Monte Fresh, which is based in Coral Gabled, FL, said in a press release. "She certainly proves to be an aspiring chef with her winning taco recipe using Del Monte fresh avocados. We can't wait to meet Karen in Miami, and look forward to seeing her in action as she competes for the grand prize and the coveted Del Monte Fresh Chef title."

The contest, "Find Your Inner Chef," encourages consumers to participate in a fun and fresh culinary experience, using their own favorite recipe or by creating a new recipe using Del Monte fresh fruits and vegetables. Daily prizes, including retail gift cards, culinary kitchen tools and tabletop appliances may be won by participating in the online contest.Tacos-001Blackened orange steak tacos with citrus guacamole.

"I'm so excited about making it to the finals!" Ms. Gulkin said in the press release. "I entered one of my favorite recipes, blackened orange steak tacos with citrus guacamole using Del Monte fresh avocados. It's always a family favorite. I want to thank everyone for their support through Facebook and Twitter, and for voting for me. I can't wait for this trip to Miami, where I know my recipe will bring the win to Colorado."

The contest launched April 15 and ends June 15. For additional details about the "Find Your Inner Chef" contest, log onto