PITTSBURG, Texas — This year, the 21st Annual Winning Taste Recipe Contest
winners featured intense, bold flavors inspired by Asian, Latin and American
cuisines. The grand prize winning recipe, Sweet Chili Chicken with Asian
Vegetable Rice, was entered by Kristine Snyder from Kihei, Hawaii.
A professional harpist, Snyder has always loved to cook and has been entering
contests for the past 10 years. She has won several other contests including the
National Chicken Cooking Contest, Sutter Home’s Build a Better Burger and LG’s
Life Tastes Good and has been a semi-finalist in the Pillsbury Bake-Off.
“It’s a wonderful challenge and satisfaction to create a recipe that most people
will like,” said Snyder. “I became a huge fan of Thai sweet chili sauce after
moving to Hawaii. I use it often to coat grilled chicken; but with this recipe I
wanted to turn it into a light, healthy main dish.”
Snyder and the other winners will share more than $6,500 in cash and prizes.
The other winners were:
- First Place, Buffalo Chicken Turnovers with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce,
created by Kelly Boe, Whiteland, Indiana. An accountant by trade, Boe uses
cooking as an outlet for her creative side. Cooking was the only badge she
received in Girl Scouts.
- Second Place, Lime Grilled Chicken with Roasted Poblano and Grilled Mango
Salsa, entered by Greg Fontenot, The Woodlands, Texas. Fontenot holds a
doctorate degree in reproductive physiology. His favorite cooking experience
was meeting Julia Child and having her sign his copy of Mastering the Art of
- Third Place, Savory Chicken Cakes with Creamy Dijon Sauce, submitted by
Gidget Gorgone, Mableton, Georgia. Also an accountant, Gorgone enjoys cooking
and baking with her 2-year-old son, who has his own chef’s hat and apron.
More than 1,000 cooks from across the country entered their original recipes in
five categories: 1) Appetizer/Snack, 2) Main Dish/Entree, 3) Light Eating 4)
Grilling and 5) Quick and Easy. Recipes were judged on taste, originality, ease
of preparation and appearance. The winning recipes and photos are available at
The Winning Taste Recipe Contest, created to promote and encourage creative
cooking with chicken, is celebrating its 21st year as one of the nation’s
longest-running and most widely recognized chicken-cooking contests. Pilgrim’s
Pride Corporation conducts the contest, which has awarded more than $600,000 in
cash and merchandise to amateur cooks across the nation.
About Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation employs approximately 41,000 people and operates
chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 12 states, Puerto
Rico and Mexico. The Company’s primary distribution is through retailers and
foodservice distributors. For more information, please visit
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation