Better Together, an active online community forum, designed to celebrate family meals, cooking, and trying new recipes, has just launched the 8th annual Hands-on Cook-off contest across BC.
This contest celebrates the importance of cooking and eating together. This year’s contest theme is celebrating and redefining “family”. Here in BC, family means something different to all of us and Better Together BC would like to see what it means to people across the province! Whether we’re married, single or new to Canada, breaking bread together is a grounding and deeply bonding tradition for individuals, families, and for communities. The Hands-on Cook-off contest is a fun reminder to us all to make space in our lives for being together.
The Hands-on Cook-off contest was inspired by research that shows that when families cook and eat together, kids gain many valuable benefits—including better grades in school, better physical and mental health, and better overall social adaptability.
About the Contest
How you can enter: From April 18th until noon of May 18th, any BC resident can enter the Hands-on Cook-off contest. Videos must include two or more people preparing a recipe together… and having fun! Videos must be no longer than three minutes in length and can be entered online here.
Judges: TV personality and cook, Art Napoleon; Michelle Tang, Co-founder of Foodie Kids Inc.; Chef Paul Cecconi of Brodo Kitchen; Rebecca Coleman of Cooking By Laptop; and award-winning cooking instructor, Chef Heidi Fink.
Criteria: Judges look for creativity, clarity interaction, that x-factor, and most importantly cooking together and having fun- whether it’s kids and parents, or two friends. View the full contest rules and regulations here.
Prize details & value: Several cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 will be awarded in different categories to individuals and schools. Total prizes up for grabs are valued at over $4,000. Full prizing details can be found here.
For the first time this year, you can also enter a shorter video in the Instagram category for a chance to win a $250 Amazon.ca gift card! Simply follow and tag @bettertogetherbc and include the hashtag #handsoncookoff. Videos must be one minute or less and feature two generations cooking together. One winner will be chosen by random draw. Full details on contest website.
Better Together BC exists because eating together, whether as a family or otherwise, offers many health and social benefits for both children and adults – including better nutrition, school performance and social adjustment.
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