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.
- An extra burner for holiday meals or busy kitchen times, like freezer cooking days.
- 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.
- 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.