Sears Chef Challenge & Induction Cooker Giveaway

As you may already know, I love cooking shows. And while I don’t watch reality TV or most network stations, I love me some cooking competitions. One of the highlights of my Sunday afternoons is to watch “The Next Food Network Star” with the fam. The boys and I discuss the pros and cons of each contestant and try to guess who’ll win.

However, I’m slowly clueing in that there is a whole world of cooking contests besides my dear FN. Sears, in fact, is hosting one of their own.

The Sears Chef Challenge is a nationwide contest that invites aspiring chefs to enter for a chance to win a newly-renovated kitchen from Sears and up to $20,000 donated in their name to a charity food bank in their hometown.

One of the things that I love about this contest is that such a substantial amount of money is being donated to a food bank. Most of us have never known what it is to go hungry, not truly. But, I know that helping out others in need is good for all of us. I’m so glad to hear that Sears has come up with this plan.

There’s actually quite a lot to see over at Sears Chef Challenge. You can:

  • Submit your “best recipe” for a chance to have it demonstrated live at the Kenmore Live Studio
  • Download recipes from Sears chefs and “at home” contestants
  • Play foodie games and be entered for a chance to win daily prizes including $20 Sears gift cards
  • Enter Sears Chef Challenge online sweepstakes for a chance to win new Kenmore appliances

This week Sears is offering a great giveaway to one reader here at Good Cheap Eats. Up for grabs? a Kenmore portable, single burner induction cooker.

Quite honestly, I know nothing about induction burners. It sounds fancy, doesn’t it? At first glance I think an appliance like this would be a great asset to an efficiency apartment or guest house/basement if you are so blessed to have one.

But, even if you already have a full kitchen, I could see some advantages to owning on.

  1. An extra burner for holiday meals or busy kitchen times, like freezer cooking days.
  2. A portable heat source for outdoor cooking. Get the BBQ going for the meats and use the burner outdoors for an additional heat source for cooking rice, boiling pasta, or simmering chili.
  3. A safer heat source since the burner doesn’t get hot unless the right kind of pan is used on it. I am thinking this would reduce the risk of accidents? Not making a claim here, just a guess.

We had an egg bar one morning this weekend, and I set up the cooker to try it out. It was really fun to do my cooking on the kitchen island where I could see everyone instead of staring at the wall. The eggs cooked perfectly on the burner, and I loved using the “keep warm” feature while I got kids situated with their plates.

The kids commented that the eggs were more tender than normal. Don’t know if that was my gentle, light hand or the burner. But, that makes for some good eats, either way.

To enter this giveaway, tell us about your favorite appliance.

Giveaway will be open until Sunday night, July 25th at 8 pm PST. Winner to be chosen at random and notified via email. If I don’t hear back from the winner within 48 hours of sending the email, I reserve the right to choose another winner.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Congratulations to Ryan, #28.

Disclosure: Sears provided me with an induction burner to review as well as a gift card. I was not compensated for publishing positive comments. My opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

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  1. My fave appliance used to be my espresso machine…until the wand broke. Now it’s my stainless steel blender. In the summer I usually make a homemade strawberry smoothie everyday. Strawberries, Greek yogurt, milk, honey, and ice. Yummy!

  2. Oh boy, a favorite appliance? Really. Not a gadget (which would be the vidalia chopper) … I would have to pick … the food processor. It’s large. It’s a pain to clean up (not to mention, drag out of the bottom cupboard) … but it makes life so MUCH easier :)

  3. My rice cooker, which cooks both white and brown rice and has a big veggie steamer tray, is my favorite appliance. I cook up a big batch of white rice for my girls and brown for me and we eat it for the next few days. Then I only have to cook a veggie stir fry and heat the rice in the microwave or make a simple chicken fried rice dish, and dinner is done! The rice comes out perfect every time, especially the brown, and it cuts itself to warm when it is done so I don’t burn anything and it’s piping hot when dinner is done. It’s a lifesaver in my house!

  4. My favorite appliance is my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I love that thing! I’ve only had it for about a little over a year, I think, but I don’t know what I did without it. It makes baking so much easier!

  5. My favorite appliance is the coffee maker :) I would love one of these induction stoves to use at parties for a separate food station, like a crepe station, or quesadilla station. Fun!

  6. Right now with the high heat and humidity, my favorite appliance is my crock pot. I love how I can get a meal together in the morning when it is cooler and have a dinner ready without heating up the whole house. I would love to try this stove. Sounds like fun.

  7. Meghan Fuller says:

    i LOVE my zorjirushi bread machine.

  8. Karina Z says:

    My favorite appliance is my magic bullet. You can make so much stuff with it. That’s truly a product that lives up to its claims from the informerical

  9. My favorite appliance is my Kitchen Aid mixer. I love to bake and it makes the process easier.

  10. How fun! What a great product to review!

    My favorite appliance has to be my stove. It’s dual fuel and I LOVE it. Gas on the stove top and electric in the oven!! The best of both worlds!

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!!

  11. My favorite would be a dish washer. Maybe this has something to do with my current state of mind thinking about a full sink of dishes and no machine other than myself to get them clean. A girl can wish! :)

  12. I love my Cuisinart Griddler. It has removable plates in which you can grill, do paninis, or use the griddle. The paninis are my favorite plates, but we use the griddle plates to make perfect grilled cheese.

  13. my favorite appliance is my little hand held submersible blender. It makes blending soups so easy, and I can use it to fix sauces that unexpectedly become lumpy.

  14. Great item & review!

    My favorite appliance is probably my toaster oven. It’s just my daughter and I, so sometimes I want to eat something she won’t and I fix individual meals…it doesn’t heat up the house like the oven, but still does the job. :)

  15. Ellen S. says:

    ooohhhh…looks like just the gadget I might need. Right now my favorite appliance is my toaster oven and crockpot….it’s too hot to turn on the oven.

  16. Can not live without my coffee maker.

    This looks really cool!

  17. Jennifer says:

    My favorite appliance is my Kitchen Aid Stand mixer–I use it for baking things from cakes/cookies to meatloaf and breads.

    This looks cool and great to take camping!

    Jennifer

  18. My favorite is my Cuisinart stand mixer! It makes bread making so easy!

  19. My favorite appliance has to be my Kitchen Aid mixer. I use it to mix up pizza dough, cinnamon buns, breads and much more. I would eventually like to purchase some attachments for it.

  20. Michelle B. says:

    I couldn’t function in this blistering Texas summer without my crockpot. It saves me from turning on my oven or standing in front of a hot stove!

  21. Shannan says:

    I LOVE my Keurig. This is crazy, but I got it half-off on sale one day and I mainly use it just for hot water because I am a mega tea drinker! I love having hot water whenever I want it and it was much cheaper than a hot water dispenser!

  22. Dawn Stribling says:

    My favorite appliance, hands-down, is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I love that I can use it for preparing so many different things – muffins to mashed potatoes! And I love that when my children hear it humming, they run to the kitchen to see what I’m preparing!

  23. Michelle Guyer says:

    My favorite is my Kitchen-Aid mixer. Love it!

    That stove looks really neat!

  24. I could not bake without my KitchenAid stand mixer.

  25. I’m an appliance junky. :)
    My favorite would have to be my bread machine. I LOVE fresh bread, and there’s nothing like being able to pour everything in at night and wake up to fresh bread in the morning.

  26. Carolyn says:

    My favorite appliance would have to be my stove – I can toast, braise, sear, make wonderful sauces, cook vegetables, even make dessert!

  27. Trish A. says:

    My favorite appliance is my rice cooker. Perfect rice every time. This induction burner would be great outside when grilling for extra sides…mmm, many ways I think this could be used. :-) Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  28. No question, my favorite appliance is our food steamer! I love a good mix of broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and even some mushrooms. Helps cook and make the veggies nice and tender without loosing their nutrients or having to saute them oil or butter.

    Add some brown rice and enjoy!

    As a foodie and wanna be cook, this induction cooker would be a great addition to a arsenal of useful cooking appliances.

    Thanks!

  29. Tessa B. says:

    My favorite appliance is my breadmaker. I never bake anything in it, but i use it for making dough!

  30. Valerie S says:

    My favorite appliance is my dishwasher. I’m so spoiled that I don’t think I could live without it!

  31. Angie Sloan says:

    Great giveaway!
    My fave appliance has to be my quesadilla maker! Easy peasy dinner, make your own (so the picky eaters can customize) and the non-stick surface makes clean up super easy!
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  32. I love my Bosch mixer with all the fun attachements (blender, food processor, juicer)

  33. I love my slow cooker. I can cook a hot, hearty meal in the summer without heating up the kitchen, and the house smells wonderful!! I also love being able to serve a hot meal soon after returning home from all the various sports activities in the winter when I’m tired and cold and don’t want to start another project. (cooking)

  34. I love my crockpot!

  35. My favorite appliance is probably my coffee maker… I love its timer feature! None of my other appliances go to work without me there. ;)

  36. Jennifer says:

    I love my kitchenaid mixer. I rent, so it’d have to be a small appliance.

  37. My favorite appliance is the VitaMix. Love it!

  38. My favorite appliance is my blender, even thought it’s a piece of junk. I make at least one smoothie a day, so it’s the most used.

  39. I love my food processor…especially shredding and slicing…WOW…makes short work of those jobs!!!

  40. No question, hands down is my Wolf 6-burner gas cooktop with griddle. We bought it about a year before we started construction on our new home. It sat on the garage floor forever while we looked for property to build on. I LOVE IT!! It has changed the way I cook from toasting flour tortillas for a midnight snack to full blow cooking for a Christmas party with 84 guests. I never groan or complain about cleaning it ~ it is as labor of love.
    The induction burner would be the cherry on top, which I could find dozens of uses for! Wish me luck!! ~Leslie

  41. I love my Magic Bullet!

  42. My favorite is the oven. I love to bake. This cooker sure would come in handy when I redo my kitchen!

  43. My favorite appliance is my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer! It is hands-free and such a wonderful addition to my kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. It’s hard to choose just one appliance favorite, but I do love my Kitchen Aid mixer and my Zojirushi rice cooker! An induction burner would be a handy thing too.

  45. Michelle says:

    I love, love, love my KitchenAide mixer. I use it almost everyday for quick mixes or bread making. I’ve even used attachments for grinding meats, stuffing sausages, and rolling out homemade pasta.

  46. My favorite appliance is my stand mixer. I love it and use it almost everyday for something. It is small, lightweight, and easier to clean than its ginormous food processor counterpart. Love it!

  47. Right now my favorite appliance is the ice cream maker, which is actually my daughter’s since it was her birthday present. It’s making a batch of frozen yogurt as I type this. :)

  48. My favorite appliance or the one I was most grateful to receive? :) I LOVE my pasta machine…homemade pasta is so yum (and cheap)! But I am SO thankful to finally have a dishwasher; my kitchen stays so much cleaner!

  49. It is simple, but I love my toaster and coffee maker. (:

  50. Jessie C. says:

    I’m loving my Zorjirushi rice cooker

  51. I love my Cuisinart Food Processor!

  52. My favorite appliance is my clothes washer because it saves me SO much time!

  53. I love my kitchenaid mixer. I do not know what I would do without it.

  54. We are so fortunate to be blessed with so many helpful appliances. I’d have to say,for practicality, my washing machine is the best. For ease, though, my crock pot is a no-brainer.

  55. I love my kitchen aid stand mixer and my nutrimill grainmill.

  56. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite…….. I love my kitchenaide mixer, my ice cream maker, and my crock pot!!! LOL.

  57. sarah w says:

    I probably use my Bosch the most. Maybe I make too much bread or maybe too many cookies.

  58. My favorite kitchen appliance is probably the crockpot. I love that I can set it and forget it, and it makes the apartment smell sooooo good!

  59. My KitchenAid mixer w/out a doubt. Love that thing. A close 2nd is my Cuisinart BlenderStick.

  60. Kiersten says:

    I love my food processor!!! My husband bought me one as a gost about 6 months ago and I didn’t even know what I was missing! Seriously, I use that thing just about everyday. :~)

  61. My Kitchen Aid mixer in Cobalt Blue.

  62. My favorite small appliance is my kettle – I SO look forward to my instant decaf coffee every morning:) My chest freezer is definitley my favorite large appliance – I love stock piling when there are great sales and thanks to Jessica, I have been inspired to start freezer cooking!

  63. monica B says:

    My crock pot was a birthday gift from my mom many years ago. It has been the gift that keeps on giving!

  64. I love my food processor. It is my kitchens best multitasker.

  65. Bridget says:

    I love my mini chopper. So quick and easy for onion or nuts.

  66. Bharathi says:

    My favorite one is programmable ricecooker.

  67. i enjoy using my cuisinart 7 c food processor. it is easy to use and my model is easy to clean. love it!!!!

  68. Love my bread machine!

  69. Michelle F. says:

    my favorite appliance is my bread machine. i can make so many yummy breads and rolls.

  70. I love my tassimo. Not sure if that counts as an appliance. If it doesn’t then my toaster oven. That thing does so many different jobs w/o heating up my whole kitchen. :)

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  71. I love my blender! Spinach smoothies!!

  72. I think my favorite appliance is my dual-fuel stove. It was a splurge for our kitchen remodel and it is wonderful.

  73. My favorite appliance is the stovetop. I can do so much and enjoy cooking and trying new things.

  74. Erica Best says:

    i love my kitchernaid mixer in purple yayay

  75. My favorite kitchen appliance right now is a toss up between my Bosch mixer (that easily handles 4 loaves of bread or double batches of cookies) and my rice maker that does a lot more than make rice.

    This, of course, excludes my coffee maker that is my morning Bible reading buddy, not just an appliance! :-)

  76. I love my rice cooker. My guys would eat rice every night if I made it.

  77. My food processor

  78. Shaunta says:

    My favorite appliance is my breadmaker.

  79. Susan T says:

    I love my Cuisinart food processor.

  80. Well the appliance our house can’t live without is our electric tea kettle. We use that thing about 3 times a day/ 365 days a year. We always have an extra one on hand – just in case LOL!

  81. My favorite appliance is my microwave. I don’t know how we lived without one when I was younger (yes I am that old). LOL My daughter couldn’t live without one that is for sure.

  82. Stephanie says:

    I love my crockpots!

  83. Amanda Y. says:

    At current, I love my toaster oven most, but I’m hoping to get a Vita Mix (super blender/food processor) and that will probably be my favorite then!

  84. My favorite appliance would have to be my Bosch dishwasher! It’s so quiet.

  85. I love all my appliances, but especially my kitchenaid mixer and my washing machine.

  86. So many, but I LOVE my crockpot. It gets used a lot!!

    Thank you.

  87. I love our toaster oven. I can use it to heat up leftovers that would be soggy in the microwave and it doesn’t heat up the house like the stove.

  88. I love my kenmore drop in range in our island. We have a regular stove against a wall but I love to cook and be able to referee the Wii arguments in the next room.

  89. My washing machine!

  90. I love my toaster oven and my coffee maker!

  91. Emily Blanchard says:

    In the winter it’s my crockpot and right now it’s my blender for all the smoothies we’ve been making!

  92. Rocio H. says:

    I love my crockpot especially during summer!

  93. Definitely my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and Cuisinart ice cream maker!

  94. I love my crockpot and my rice cooker!

  95. I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer!

  96. amanda warner says:

    My kitchenaid mixer or my Ninja chopper-LOVING that thing right now!!!

  97. Dawn Wenger says:

    By far, my favorite appliance is my Kitchenaid mixer. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! Blessings.

  98. My favorite appliance is my kitchenaid mixer; I can make bread, frostings, grind meat, make ice cream, and make pasta…I love appliances that do more than one thing!

  99. I know many have said this, but I love my Kitchenaid Mixer too! I used to hate being in the kitchen, but have grown to love baking since I started using it. It makes things so much easier! My Crockpot is a close second though. Seems that I like anything that makes my life easier!

  100. my favorite appliance is my kitchenaid mixer, hands down!

  101. I love my blender!

  102. My Kitchenaid mixer. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  103. Michelle says:

    My favorite appliance? I love my kitchen gadgets but the appliance I use the most? That would have to be my electric kettle. I use it every morning for tea, I use it when I want to make a bit of broth with bouillon paste, when I want to soak couscous or rice noodles… And I can’t boil a pan dry when I forget that I’m making tea.

  104. oooooh – that would indeed come in handy?

    my favorite appliance is my kitchen-aid mixer. i tell my husband it was the entire reason i wanted to get married b/c i knew i would receive one. LOL

  105. My favorite appliance…. I would have to say my Nutrimill. It’s my go-to toy when I am stressed and need a little baking therapy. Love it. (And I also love my oven, my new bought-for-a-song-on-sale Le Cruset casserole dish, anniversary gift bread machine, my given-free-by-a-friend rotisserie cooker, and my crock pot). I am a junkie. I know.

  106. Joellen says:

    I love my electric kettle and my immersion blender equally.

  107. My favorite would have to be my kitchenaid mixer. It can knead bread and mix almost any baked good (cookies, cake, zucchini bread) without me having to tell my daughter (my right hand in the kitchen these days!) she can’t use the mixer to keep her safe.

  108. My favorite appliance is my slow cooker.
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  109. My immersion blender!

  110. My favorite kitchen appliance is my dishwasher!

  111. My favorite appliance is my refrigerator. It’s a Kenmore, co-incidentally. ;-) It’s my favorite for a very pbasic reason–without it I’d be confined to dry goods, packaged liquids like milk, and to shopping every day. Thank goodness for refrigerators!

  112. meeyeehere says:

    I love a crock pot!!!! I can do just about anything in that thing!
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