Food Marketing Institute  said Tuesday it had selected the 25 finalists for the Supermarket Chef Showdown, a competition scheduled for June 11 at the FMI Connect conference in Chicago.
The 25 finalists entered recipes in one of five categories: healthy meals; family meals; ethnic meals; dessert; and side dishes/mini-meals/snacks. In order to qualify, the recipes used at least three eligible sponsor ingredients and took 20 minutes or less to prepare. SN is one of the sponsors of the competition.
Among the 130 entries, representing 30 different retailers, the finalists represent retailers from across the country, including Balducci’s, Dorothy Lane Market, Farm Fresh Supermarkets , Foodland Super Market, Fresh by Brookshire’s , Fry’s Food Stores , Hy-Vee , Kowalski’s Markets, Kroger Co. , Meijer Inc. , Orchard Fresh, Publix Super Markets , Roche Bros. Supermarkets, ShopRite , Whole Foods Market , and Winn-Dixie 
The reigning champion from the 2012 competition, Keoni Chang , corporate chef at Foodland Super Market, will also return to defend his title.
“Participating in and then winning the inaugural Supermarket Chef Showdown was extremely exciting, and one of the highlights of my career,” said Chang. “The competition is a great opportunity to gain wider recognition for the talents of supermarket chefs as we challenge ourselves to creatively incorporate sponsor ingredients into meals that satisfy our customers’ tastes.”
Prizes include an all-expense paid trip for two to Mardi Gras 2015; an all-expense paid trip to California to participate in the olive harvest; a “Chicago experience;” an all- expense-paid trip to the Country Music Awards in Nashville; cash prizes; food-centric prizes; and more. In addition to SN, sponsors include McCormick, Cans Get You Cooking, Campbell’s, ConAgra Foods, Hass Avocado Board, Hershey’s, Hillshire Brands, Mondelez International, Musco Family Olive Co., Pictsweet, and Smucker’s.
The winners and their recipes can be found through the Supermarket Chef Showdown  website.
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