Gospel Artist Cece Winans To Judge Whirlpool’s Second Annual “Spirit of Cooking” Competition

The Whirlpool brand cooking team and the company’s African American Network seek to spread the Gospel of good food, praise and community with the Second Annual “Spirit of Cooking” competition. The nationwide search for recipes will elicit an “Amen” from all who taste them. Whirlpool brand wants to bring the spirit of a church pot-luck to the masses with the help of gospel legend CeCe Winans and National Public Radio commentator Vertamae Grosvenor who will serve as judges.

Gourmands and the faithful are invited to share their praise-worthy recipes via the Web at http://www.whirlpool.com/spirit. Contestants can submit a recipe for one of the following four categories: * Jump-Up and-Shout Main Dish * Too-Good-to-be-True Side Dish * Celestially Sweet Dessert * Bless Your Heart Health Conscious Alternative (because a healthy heart is a temple, too). Whirlpool wants to share stand-out recipes from these categories with the world and, in turn, share some love and appliances with the Grand Prize winner (the entrant garnering the most overall points) who will personally receive a Whirlpool brand suite of kitchen appliances and an exciting, mid-week live performance by CeCe Winans for his/her church. The parishioner with the greatest total number of points in each category will win a $5,000 donation for his/her church from Whirlpool brand.

Last year’s winning recipes were Oxtails in a Bag; a creative Baked Beans recipe; Melt in Your Mouth White Chocolate Almond Cheesecake; and Mutha’s Favorite Chicken Salad. What recipes will America’s churches come up with next to lift America’s spirits? Whirlpool, along with CeCe Winans and Vertamae Grosvenor, wants to know.

“Good food and Praise go hand in hand in our churches,” said CeCe Winans, herself a Grammy-award winning artist who has come to represent the contemporary image of Gospel music. “I’m delighted to be joining Whirlpool as they honor the longstanding legacy of community and worship that are an important part of the African American experience.”

Adds Vertamae Grosvenor, “the kitchen is a temple unto itself for the African American community. America is in for a beautiful lesson in culinary excellence and community spirit through this contest and I can’t wait to see who’s going to shine in this competition.”

To raise the stakes even higher, Glory Foods, the makers of Southern-style dishes (canned and frozen), is offering the winners of the contest an array of Glory Foods by category of entry.

Recipes will be judged based on taste/quality, unique or alternative ingredients, ease of duplication/replication and preparation and cooking time. The Grand Prize winner will be based upon total overall points regardless of the entry category.

The deadline for entries is September 25, 2006. Winners will be notified by October 20th, 2006. Contestants can visit http://www.whirlpool.com/spirit for complete rules and more information on the contest, or they can send in their star recipes to:

Spirit of Cooking
C/O Peppercom
470 Park Avenue South
Fifth Floor
New York, NY 10016
Attention: Marya Pongrace

Via PRNewswire

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