$2,500 in Cash Prizes!

Win Cash for Your Best Washington Potato Recipe!

(Recipe Contest for Students at Washington Culinary Schools)


Students at any of Washington State’s ACF accredited Culinary Programs can win cash for creative recipes starring Washington State Potatoes.

Create a recipe using fresh, frozen or dehydrated Washington potatoes and win CASH - $1000 for first prize, $500 for second prize and $250 for each of four runners up.  Check out some of the past winners here in this Culinary Student Cookbook! 

Special cash prize for the best recipe featuring Washington frozen French fries - $500

Here are the easy rules:

  • Use Washington State fresh, frozen or dehydrated potatoes, at least 4 ounces per portion.
  • Recipes can be for any type of menu, any meal occasion or any daypart.
  • Experts will select 12 semifinalist recipes. From these, a panel of chefs and food experts will select six winners: first, second and four runners up. 
  • Mail, fax or e-mail recipes to: Contest, Washington State Potato Commission, 108 Interlake Road, Moses Lake, WA 98837.  Fax 509-765-4853.  E-mail: contest(at)
  • Recipes must be for 6 portions.  Be sure to include all ingredients in weights/measures, pan sizes, cooking times and temperatures and complete preparation directions.  Chef educators will be receiving a classroom guide to recipe writing and editing, to assist students with their entries.
  • All entries become the property of the Washington State Potato Commission. (You may submit more than one entry but there will be only one prize per entrant.  Send each entry as a separate submission.)
  • With your recipe include a brief paragraph about yourself – where you are studying, what your future culinary plans are, and how and where you think your recipes should be menued.

Judges will be looking for creativity, flavor, presentation, use of potato/potato products and practicality.

The top 12 recipes and their creators will be featured in a recipe book to be developed by the Washington State Potato Commission (WSPC), as well as in local publicity and in the foodservice magazines. The WSPC will provide $50 to each school for potato purchases.

Entry deadline is December 15, 2015, so start now and have the whole summer to create a prize-winning recipe. For more information please contact Ryan Holterhoff at the WSPC 509-765-8845 or rholterhoff(at)


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Check out some of our past winners in the videos below: 

Year two Culinary Student Recipe Contest 2014-2015

Year one Culinary Student Recipe Contest 2013-2014