ROSEMONT, IL (June 28, 2012 – Business Wire)–Chefs across the country have a chance to create America's hottest new food trend in the "Next Top Product" contest launched by US Foods. The contest is open to more than 250,000 chefs who are customers of US Foods. Each can submit their favorite recipe for a chance to win $20,000 in cash and prizes and have their recipe developed into a new US Foods Chef's Line product for national distribution.
Now through August 3, 2012, US Foods customers can enter at www.usfoods.com/contest. The top 30 qualifying recipes will be posted on US Foods' Facebook page for public voting in early August. The three chefs who receive the highest number of votes will prepare their dishes at the US Foods Fall Food Lovers Forum in Chicago this September. The winning recipe will debut as a Chef's Line product in March 2013.
The contest launch coincides with the introduction of 28 new US Foods products designed to help operators meet customer demand for new and trending food items and flavors. They include Chef’s Line Mediterranean specialties such as Piquillo Pepper & Artichoke Tapenade, Hummus, Buffalo Mozzarella Girasole, Pumpkin Ravioli, Mushroom Risotto and Cappuccino Panna Cotta.
Also launched were new Hilltop Hearth Greek-style pocketless pita bread and Moroccan olive dinner rolls, as well as new, all-natural deli meats such as Genoa salami and pepperoni from the popular Metro Deli line. The new summer line-up also includes Rykoff Sexton authentic Italian extra virgin olive oils, Harbor Banks fresh crumb calamari rings and Glenview Farms Greek yogurt and feta cheese with sundried tomatoes and basil.