CREATE IT Maine Recipe Challenge

Welcome to Maine Public's inaugural CREATE IT Maine Recipe Contest inspired by all the wonderful cooking shows found on Maine Public's CREATE CHANNEL!

We — and our two SUPER partners in this contest, Barber Foods and Southern Maine Community College — have been looking for amateur chefs and cooks to put together a fabulous side dish that is made from their own creative, original recipe where Maine grown ingredients are the hero.


Nearly 100 entries were received! Recipes will be judged using these criteria: Recipe and Preparation, Use of Maine Grown Ingredients, Originality/Creativity, and Visual Appeal.

Our Maine Public judging panel in combination with Maine Public's Facebook following will review all qualifying entries and then narrow down the entrants to five finalists. These five finalists then will participate in a LIVE bake-off in a rock-star facility at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in South Portland. At the cook off, each dish will be prepared LIVE and judging criteria this time will include the tastiness of the dish.

The five finalists will each receive a limited edition Maine Public apron and gift certificates to help stock up their kitchens. The winner will receive new cookware and their recipe will be featured on the Barber Foods website!

Stay tuned for details on the final five and the bake-off event.