The Chocolate Adventure Contest

by Matt on September 29, 2009


I don’t know about you but I’m still coming down from the high of last week’s festivities at BlogHer 09. The event in San Francisco exceeded everyone’s expectations and it was so humbling to be in the presence of so much talent. I spoke on two panels about photography with two of my favorite authors and bloggers, Heidi Swanson and Lara Ferroni.

On the tail end of this amazing experience I wanted to announce some exciting news: I’m joining John Scharffenberger, Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Alice Medrich and Tutti Foodie’s own Lisa Schiffman as judges for The Chocolate Adventure Contest. This contest from Scharffen Berger and Tutti Foodie encourages you to create an inventive recipe for any course––appetizer, entreé, dessert, or even a drink––using Scharrfen Berger chocolate and at least one adventure ingredient.

And what are these ingredients, you ask?

  • Fresh mint (any varietal)
  • Crystallized ginger
  • Pandan leaf
  • Banana leaf
  • Sumac
  • Raw honey
  • Cacao nibs
  • Fresh or whole dried chili pepper
  • Malbec
  • Peanut butter
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Rice flour
  • Papaya
  • Cumin
  • Paprika (any varietal)
  • Smoked sea salt

Ok, so now you can see why I’m just a wee bit thrilled to join these amazing folks and taste the one-of-a-kind creations I know you’ll create? The grand prize includes $10,000 for the winning recipe in both the Sweet and Savory categories and some swell second place prizes. We’ll be judging on creativity, taste, ease of preparation and whether the recipe reflects a spirit of adventure.

You’ll find more information at Chocolate Adventure Contest along with the complete rules of the contest and how to submit your recipe. You have until January 3, 2010 so please, get on this!

The official kick off is tomorrow with Chef Elizabeth Falkner in New York at The Institute of Culinary Education. If you were lucky enough to sign up and attend in person or via the webcast you’ll hear all about the event.

Have fun!

P.S. Please excuse my very large round face on this page. Clearly I will spend more time with Photoshop’s Liquefy next time.

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Jen September 30, 2009 at 6:01 am

I am going to give this a try. As chocolate, Scharfenbergger to be exact, is one of my favorite foods, I am going to start experimenting. The possibilities are endless. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

The Diva on a Diet September 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Hi there Matt. I attended your panel with Heidi Swanson in the morning and I simply can’t thank you enough for it! In the crush of humanity afterward, I didn’t have a chance to tell you in person, and I regret that, but honestly it was so informative! You both did a wonderful job. Thank you!

Congrats on the judging gig for the Chocolate Adventure contest … its bound to be a luscious experience! I hope to enter it myself … just need to don my thinking tiara and come up with a good idea. ;)

Julia Hidy October 1, 2009 at 8:28 am

You lucky judge you. There must be such a thing as chocolate envy, because I’m having it at this very moment! lol!!
May the best, sultry, decadent and oooh so delish choco recipe win. I’m looking forward to the updates.

Yoli Kalkofen October 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Matt, you’re too awesome. I totally love chocolate. I enjoyed your blog!

Best wishes from deep south Texas!
Yoli Kalkofen

Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef October 2, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Hi Matt! I heard you were on the webcast – too bad we couldn’t wave back at you, the event was great. It was nice to meet you in SF, your panels were fantastic and helpful. Looking forward to reading more of your great site- and hope to see you on Martha again soon!:)

marla October 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

OMG!!!! A judge for a chocolate competition, u lucky duck. Does that mean extra time at the gym???? I would love to participate in the challenge. Its sounds like a blast. Just need to fit in some time for experimenting with recipes. Gotta fit in some cook time between blogging, kids and surfing!!!!
Sounds like a great, fun loving group of judges :)

table kitchen October 5, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Lucky you! Judging something like that is a wonderful experience for sure! I want to join but I am afraid I might screw myself there!

Andrea Wong October 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

Oh wow, what a great idea! I’ll be following this adventure with a piece of choc in-hand :)

Lindsay October 6, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hey there! I had a question about the ingredients!

Malbec as in the grape itself, or Malbec as in an actual wine? And would rice flour go as far as brown, white, or glutinous?



Jolene ( October 6, 2009 at 8:03 pm

Oh, I am SO entering this contest!!!! I cannot wait to experiment!!!

Polprav October 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

kok aan huis November 3, 2009 at 7:48 am

I’m not entering, I would only poison the jury i’m afraid :-)

cookeaze November 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

Great idea and iam interested in participating the contenst and you are too lucky in acting as a judge and congrats on the judging for the Chocolate Adventure contest .I cannot wait and will keep following this adventure.

Birmingham Caterers November 14, 2009 at 5:58 am

I am also entering..

Birmingham Catering

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