A Hawaiian SPAMJAM® awaits the winner of SPAM® Cook of the Year 2009

l-r-cheryl-baker-stuart-hi.jpgSPAM® Cook of the Year returns for its second year offering an incredible 1st prize of a trip to the 2010 SPAMJAM® Festival in Waikiki, Hawaii, following the resounding success of the national competition’s launch in 2008. Participants from all over the UK are invited to get their creative culinary caps on and upload their very own SPAM® recipe, together with a picture, via www.spam-uk.com, where their recipe will be included in a gallery for all to see.

Once the competition has closed the final three best recipes from each of the seven regions will go up for the public vote for a one week period before the finalists are announced. Pictured are last year’s finalist and the celebrity judges, Cheryl Baker and boxer John Conteh.

Hormel Foods is, once again, keen for entrants to show off the true versatility of SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham, and is encouraging people to use their “culinary imagination”.

The competition is open to anyone living within the UK, and entrants have from 2nd January until 30th April 2009 to submit their recipes.  The top prize, which will be for two people, also includes a seven night stay at the Waikiki Marriott Hotel, return flights and £500 spending money.  Runners up will each receive a hamper of SPAM™ goodies.

Finalists from across seven regions: Scotland, North East, North West, The Midlands/Anglia, South East, South West and Wales, will be chosen to enter the national final, which will take place in London in June 2009.  All recipes will be tried out by a special judging panel, including “yet to be named” celebrity SPAM™ fans and 2008 winner, Stuart Higgs from Chester who won with his Peanut Butter and Chilli Baked SPAM® recipe.

Stuart Higgs commented: “Being crowned the first SPAM® Cook of the Year was a fantastic experience, especially the grand final in London where my dish was cooked by a top chef for the panel to taste.  This year the shoe will be on the other foot when I join the panel of judges to sample the delights of the 2009’s entries – hope to see you there!”

For further information on the competition and to sign up to the SPAM™ fan club for regular updates, log on to www.spam-uk.com

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