Two Washington Regional Finalists Win $1,000 In Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest

SEATTLE — Washingtonians Tina Hoban of Bellingham and Rebecca Spence of Vancouver today were named winners in the Washington Regional Finals of the Second-Annual Foster Farms Fresh Chicken Cooking Contest held at Kathy Casey Food Studios in Seattle. These two Finalists each won a $1,000 cash prize and will now compete at the Finals in person on September 30, 2011, at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in California's Napa Valley. A $10,000 grand prize and one-year supply* of Foster Farms fresh chicken will be awarded to the contest's grand prize winner.

During today's Regional Competition, judges Kathy Casey, celebrity chef and cookbook author; Cynthia Nims, contributor Seattle Magazine and Cooking Light; and Jamie Peha, Table Talk Radio, selected Tina Hoban’s Chicken with Cherry Tapenade over Creamy Pancetta Polenta recipe and Rebecca Spence’s Crispy Orange Chicken with Fennel, Avocado and Orange Salad recipe as their top picks based on their recipes' use of fresh, local ingredients, including Foster Farms locally-grown chicken. Judges made decisions based on taste, use of fresh, local ingredients, appearance/appeal, simplicity/ease of making and originality. Local bloggers in attendance selected contestant Mark Pyne’s Chicken, Wine and Brussels Sprouts Salad recipe for the “Bloggers’ Choice Award” for best use of local ingredients.

Tina Hoban and Rebecca Spence beat out nearly 2,000 home, amateur and professional chefs residing in Washington, California, and Oregon who submitted their prized, original, fresh chicken recipes for consideration. Recipes featured Foster Farms fresh chicken and were inspired by local ingredients as a testament to Foster Farms' commitment to foods that are fresh, locally-grown, always natural and delivered fresh to stores in 48 hours or less.

As far as trend indicators, many of the recipes submitted this year called for whole chicken and boneless, skinless thighs; boneless, skinless breast recipes were featured in the majority of recipes .. Contestants also often incorporated fruits, such as cherries, blueberries, blackberries, kiwi, figs and pineapples. Quinoa, couscous and panko were popular accompaniments and turmeric and Asian spices were also prevalent in many recipes. For complete details visit

"In this second year of the competition, we were honored to receive nearly 2,000 recipes and the quality was outstanding," said Ira Brill, director of communications for Foster Farms. "Both Tina Hoban and Rebecca Spence stood out from the competition with their inspired use of ingredients central to Washington cuisine. We look forward to hosting them at the finals in just a few weeks."

For more than 70 years, Foster Farms has been providing fresh chicken to West Coast consumers. The company remains family-owned by the Foster family, and holds true to its commitment to fresh and natural poultry grown local to each region. The company works closely with 32 local, family-owned farms throughout Washington and Oregon to provide chicken to Washington families. All Foster Farms chicken sold in the Pacific Northwest is processed at its Pacific Northwest headquarters in Kelso, Washington and delivered fresh to your store in 48 hours or less.

About Foster Farms and its commitment in the Pacific Northwest

Growing chicken this way allows us to support regional agriculture and local communities. Our farmers share Foster Farms' commitment to quality and humane growing practices – a commitment that began when Max and Verda founded the company more than 70 years ago. Our Kelso, Washington processing facility employs 750 men and women, and wherever possible sources materials, equipment, and services from local companies. We're proud of our commitment to the Pacific Northwest.

Working with family farms close to where our customers live is the right thing to do. It means that our chicken is delivered fresh to your store in 48 hours or less, instead of sitting on trucks for four days or more like chicken raised in states as far away as Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi. Foster Farms fresh chicken has quality you can taste, with no need to "plump"– no added salt or saltwater. And being locally raised means a smaller carbon footprint– and that's good for the environment. For more information, visit

About Foster Farms

Since 1939, West Coast families have depended on Foster Farms for premium quality chicken products. Family-owned and operated, the company continues its legacy of excellence and commitment to quality established by its founders, Max and Verda Foster. Foster Farms specializes in fresh, all natural chicken products free of preservatives, additives or injected sodium enhancers. Based in California's Central Valley, with ranches also in the Pacific Northwest, the company's fresh chicken is produced in or near each region served and delivered fresh within 48 hours. Foster Farms also produces delicious pre-marinated, ready-to-cook and fully cooked products that meet the quality and convenience needs of today's home cooks, retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers.

Food safety is Foster Farms' highest priority and the company would like to remind consumers to always follow safe handling, preparation and storage guidelines for the preparation of fresh poultry products All fresh poultry products should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (boneless and ground) and 180 degrees F and 170 degrees F (bone-in: breast and drums; thighs and wings). Visit to learn more.

*Grand Prize winner will receive 104 $10 vouchers good for fresh Foster Farms chicken.

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