Maryland Chefs Encouraged to Submit Recipes for Governor Moore’s ‘Buy Local’ Cookout

ANNAPOLIS, MD (May 13, 2024) ~ Annapolis, MD - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is on the hunt for talented chefs and restaurants to participate in the Governor's Buy Local Cookout. This annual event, held at the department's headquarters in Annapolis on July 18 from 5-7pm, aims to promote the statewide Buy Local Challenge Week. During this week, all Marylanders are encouraged to incorporate at least one locally sourced product into their daily meals.

In order to be considered for the cookout, chefs and restaurants must submit original recipes that feature at least 50 percent Maryland-sourced ingredients. The focus is on partnering with local farmers, watermen, or other producers. The goal is to showcase how everyday Maryland families can create delicious and nutritious meals using locally produced food.

Governor Wes Moore expressed his excitement for the event, stating "Maryland's farmers, watermen, and chefs produce an incredible bounty that is second to none." He encourages chefs from all over the state to submit their most creative recipes using fresh and local ingredients. This not only supports the state's economy but also promotes healthy eating habits.

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Recipes will be selected in four categories: appetizer, main dish, side dish or salad, and dessert. Judges will consider simplicity, creativity, availability of ingredients, geographic representation, and use of local products when choosing the winners.

Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Kevin Atticks emphasizes the economic benefits of buying local. "Eating locally is not only better for you," he says, "it's also an economic driver." By supporting local farms and businesses through purchasing their products, consumers are contributing to a stronger economy.

High school and college culinary teams are also encouraged to participate by submitting their own recipes. In fact, teams who submit poultry dishes may even receive a donation of poultry from a member of the Delmarva Chicken Association if they are selected to participate in the cookout.

Selected teams will have the opportunity to showcase their dish at the Governor's cookout. To be considered, recipes must be submitted through an online form by May 29. It is important to note that previously submitted recipes are not eligible for this competition. The department will also provide a $200 stipend to help cover costs for the selected teams.

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For any questions or concerns, chefs can contact Maryland's Best Director of Special Projects Kristin Hanna at Complete rules and additional information can also be found on the department's website.

The Governor's Buy Local Cookout is not only a celebration of Maryland's local food industry but also a reminder of the importance of supporting local businesses and promoting healthy eating habits. With the deadline for recipe submissions quickly approaching, chefs and restaurants are encouraged to get creative and showcase the best of what Maryland has to offer.

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