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Dole Packaged Foods launches annual recipe contest

The sixth annual DOLE California Cook-Off recipe contest is accepting gas grilling recipes using at least one Dole Packaged Foods product at

Three finalists will be selected from around the nation to compete in Los Angeles on June 28, where they will don official Cook-Off aprons and prepare their Dole dish in front of onlookers at Santa Monica Place and a panel of judges led by a renowned celebrity chef Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City, CA, for a chance to win $25,000. The 2013 Dole California Cook-Off Champion, Ally Phillips of, will be on hand to pass the torch to this year’s winner.

The contest welcomes fans of healthy, GMO-free fruits and summertime grilling that have a unique, palate-pleasing recipe that incorporates a DOLE Packaged Food. Entrants should submit a bite-sized version and other innovative appetizers into the DOLE 2014 California Cook-Off recipe contest on The culinary team at Dole and Chef Ben Ford will be on the lookout for the top recipes that demonstrate the best use of DOLE Packaged Foods products, creativity, flavor and taste, ease of preparation, and presentation.

During the final Cook-off, each finalist will receive support and assistance from a food blogger highly respected by the Dole Packaged Foods team.

For appetizing ideas on what to enter in the 2014 Dole California Cook-Off visit or The 2014 DOLE California Cook-Off contest launched March 31 and closes on May 19.  

“Challenge yourself—whether you’re a young adult learning your way around a grill, an expert at feeding your family, or a full-time worker bee who is challenged to eat healthfully throughout a busy schedule—$25,000 is at stake here and it could be yours! Visit and enter your best recipe today,” Chef Ben Ford said in a press release.