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NatureSweet announces return of Homegrown Tomato & Chef’s Challenge

NatureSweet Tomatoes announced the return of the Glorys Homegrown Tomato & Chef’s Challenge tour for 2014 on July 28. The contests will put green thumbs and cooking skills to the test with four events beginning Aug. 9 and concluding Sept. 6.

This year, the tour kicks off in Indianapolis, marking the 53rd challenge conducted to date. Since 2003, NatureSweet has run the Homegrown Tomato Challenge in cities nationwide, meeting garden-grown tomatoes of all shapes, sizes and varieties along the way. In 2010, the Chef’s Challenge was added, opening up the contest to foodies who enjoy cooking with tomatoes.

“We are very excited for another Homegrown Tomato and Chef’s Challenge Tour,” said Michael Joergensen, marketing director of NatureSweet. “It’s a pleasure to partner with grocers to bring communities together for great food and great fun. We are thrilled to see the stellar produce and delicious dishes that our fans will bring to the table. It gives us great joy to see others who share our love of top-notch tomatoes!”

For the Glorys Homegrown Tomato Challenge, participants will bring small, medium or large tomatoes of the same variety to one of the event locations listed below. Tomatoes will be judged by a panel consisting of local celebrities and dignitaries. Each category holds a grand prize of $2,000 for the best homegrown tomato and $200 grocery store gift cards for runners-up. Tomato entries not awarded a prize will be donated to a local food bank.

To enter the Glorys Chef’s Challenge, participants will declare their love of cooking with tomatoes in 200 words or less. Three finalists will be chosen from all entries based on creativity and originality of content submitted. One grand-prize winner will be selected in every city, and each will be awarded $2,000 for the best dish. Runners-up will receive $200 grocery store gift cards.

For a full list of contest rules for the Glorys Homegrown Tomato & Chef’s Challenge, visit naturesweet.com.

The 2014 Glorys Homegrown Tomato & Chef’s Challenge will kick off its four-city tour in Indiana and end in Colorado.

Specific locations and dates below:

Indianapolis, IN

Date & Time: Aug.9, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Kroger, 8850 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, IN

Chef’s Challenge Deadline: Must enter by 11:59 p.m. on July 31

South Burlington, VT

Date & Time: Aug.16, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Price Chopper, 595 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, VT

Chef’s Challenge Deadline: Must enter by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 7

Chicago, IL

Date & Time: Aug. 23, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Jewel, 1151 S. Roselle Rd., Schaumburg, IL

Chef’s Challenge Deadline: Must enter by 11:59 p.m. on Aug.14

Denver, CO

Date & Time: Sept. 6, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: King Soopers, 15051 E. 104th Ave., Commerce City, CO

Chef’s Challenge Deadline: Must enter by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 21