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2021 Celebrity Chef Spotlight Cranberry Challenge

The Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association's
2021 Celebrity Chef Spotlight Cranberry Challenge

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association (CCCGA) supports the cranberry growers of Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket, in its mission to foster cranberries as the largest agricultural food commodity produced in Massachusetts, and the official state fruit of the Commonwealth. In the interest of supporting the organization’s peer restaurant industry and the state’s talented pool of professional chefs, CCCGA has launched a 2021 initiative to highlight chefs, restaurants and cooking with cranberries in its Celebrity Chef Spotlight Cranberry Challenge.

Professional chef applicants are encouraged to submit their original or adapted cranberry-centered recipes that will be tasted in a judging test kitchen, yielding the top five recipes, as selected by CCCGA.  The top five applicants receive a custom chef profile feature story, media coverage, and visibility and support for their restaurant of business on CCCGA’s social media platforms and website.  This initiative is presented in the celebration of October as Massachusetts’ official Cranberry Month.  Participation in the Challenge is free, all professional chef applicants working in the state of Massachusetts are welcome to participate.  Submissions are accepted from April 12 through May 31, 2021, at Celebrity Chef Spotlight Cranberry Challenge Entry Form. Questions should be directed to

Recipe Submission Guidelines

The Celebrity Chef Spotlight Cranberry Challenge is designed to highlight cranberries as a versatile, healthy ingredient in original or adapted recipes that serve professional chef’s menus and the family table of home cooks.  Recipes may span any course from appetizers, beverages, dinner or dessert, limited to two recipes per applicant.  The top five approved recipes, as selected by CCCGA’s test kitchen, will be announced by email notification and on social media platforms on June 28, 2021.

The use of fresh cranberries as a star ingredient is strongly encouraged.  In addition, the cranberry can be incorporated in any form, and in multiple techniques at the chef’s discretion, originating from fresh berries, sweetened dried cranberries, cranberry juice or sauce.  The types of cuisine and preparation methods are flexible at the chef’s discretion.  It is advised that the instructions be concise and home-cook friendly, as one attribute of the Challenge is to inspire increased consumer cranberry consumption and cooking.

Recipes must include complete step-by-step directions and standardized measurements for preparation, including times, temperatures, etc., and follow the formatting guide provided on the submission form.

The submission of photos and photographer credit during your recipe development process are encouraged, from images of the cranberry ingredient through the preparation and cooking process and the finished product. (Note: Images for the top five selected recipes will be created during the test kitchen process for media use.)

Entry and Eligibility

ENTRY PERIOD: The Challenge begins on April 12, 2021 and eligible applicants may submit entries until May 31, 2021 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted after the Entry Period will be deemed ineligible to participate. Resulting chef profiles and the media visibility portion of the Challenge ends on December 31, 2021.

ELIGIBILITY: The Challenge is open only to individuals, eighteen (18) years or older at time of entry who are currently employed as professional chefs in their career. Employees of Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, its subsidiaries or agents, their immediate families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and grandparents), and those domiciled with any of the foregoing are not eligible.

ENTRY: Each entrant is required to completely fill out the entry form and submit an original or adapted recipe, the addition of photos is optional. 

The recipe must:

  • Include detailed, step-by-step preparation instructions
  • List each ingredient in exact common U.S. standard household measurements and/or standard metric weight measure (particularly for baked goods), listed in order of use in preparing the recipe
  • Ingredients should be named as a generic food, without brand names or trademarks
  • Applicants will be disqualified for ingredients or brands as sponsorship for entry
  • Indicate cooking temperature (in Fahrenheit), cooking times and number of servings the recipe yields
  • Use at least one cranberry ingredient, with fresh cranberries the highest priority. Actual purchase of cranberry products is not a requirement of submission.  No purchase is necessary to enter.
  • The submission must be an original/adapted recipe created by the applicant and cannot have previously won a contest or other promotion. Recipe must not have been previously published, must not be awaiting publication, nor may be submitted for publication consideration during the Challenge period.
  • Entrants agree to schedule and be interviewed for a feature profile should they be selected for the top five designation, to be fulfilled prior to August 1, 2021.

HOW TO ENTER: Only online submissions are accepted. All information provided by entrant must be complete, truthful and accurate. Submissions to the Challenge must be received by May 31, 2021 to be eligible to participate; recipes received after that date will be deemed ineligible. All submitted recipes (including photos) become the property of Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association.  CCCGA is not responsible for lost, late, inaccurate, incomplete, damaged, illegible, or misdirected entries. Each recipe must be submitted on an individual basis (i.e., no team, joint, or corporate entries) and all components of the recipe (including photos) must be the original creation of the entrant. Chefs who wish their entry to be affiliated with their employing restaurant must gain permission from the management to appear in the top five media coverage and winning chef profiles.  Recipes may not include confidential information, trade secrets, trademarks or copyrighted material belonging to any person or entity, other than the entrant, absent a suitable license or permission agreement, proof of which is required. Recipes containing any material otherwise deemed by CCCGA to be inappropriate will be disqualified. Online entries will be deemed submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at time of entry.

Recipe Submission Rules:

Should you choose to submit a recipe, you acknowledge and agree that:

  • You will include your name and email address. Recipes posted on this website are attributed to the individual that submitted the recipe.  
  • Your recipe is your original or adapted work and has not been copied or reproduced from any published or copyrighted source and trademarked names are omitted.
  • You grant us royalty-free license to edit, publish, create derivative stories from, and otherwise use the recipe, at no charge, in any medium and for any purpose.

GENERAL RULES and LIMITATIONS: By entering a recipe and photo(s), you represent that: (i) your recipe and photo(s) are you and your photographer’s own original works; and (ii) you own or have the rights to convey any and all right and title in any material submitted as part of your entry into the Challenge. By entering, you grant to CCCGA a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, republish at any time in the future and otherwise use your recipe and photo(s) along with you and your photographer’s name and likeness as credit for its creation, in any and all media for any purpose, without further permission, notice or compensation. By participating in the Challenge, you agree to release CCCGA and its affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, directors, officers, and agents from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, preparation, ownership, possession, use, or misuse of any submission. CCCGA is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures, or other errors or problems which may occur in connection with the Challenge, the processing or selection of entries, the announcement of winners, in any Challenge-related materials, or that may limit a participant’s ability to enter the Challenge. CCCGA reserves the right to amend these submission guidelines and to disqualify applicants that do not conform to the rules.


About Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association represents more than 300 cranberry growers in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and Nantucket. Cranberries are the largest agricultural food commodity produced in Massachusetts, with an annual crop value of $60.2 million.  Massachusetts is home to 30% of all North American cranberry acreage and according to the Farm Credit East Knowledge Exchange Report, provides over 6,900 jobs and a total economic benefit of over $1.4 billion to the Massachusetts economy. For further information, visit or follow the Association on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram at @masscranberries.

Legal Disclaimer: Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association, its staff, Board and growers and employees (hereinafter “We”) are not responsible for the public’s discretion on the use of these recipes. We are not responsible for the outcome of any recipe you develop in your own kitchen.  We assume no obligation or liability with respect to these recipes and make no warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, the warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. We are not responsible for any domestic accidents that could result from preparation of the recipes or for any kind of food borne disease. Use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, meat, chicken or fish, or highly allergic ingredients. We assume no responsibility for any typos or other defects in any of the information provided.

Notice: No infringement of any text or graphic copyright is intended. If you own the copyright to anything appearing on this website, please contact CCCGA so that proper credit can be given or removed. We do not hold any copyright or trademark. We do not claim ownership of any copycat (restaurant or product clone) recipe inadvertently listed on the website.