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SAN RAMON, Calif. — Chevron U.S.A. Inc. launched its second-annual Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge, a cooking contest that lets football fans and foodies compete to win a grand prize of $25,000 in Chevron gift cards.
To enter, contestants can submit their go-to game day recipes that include one or more ingredients purchased at a Chevron or Texaco station at www.TheGameDayChef.com between now and Sept. 30. Residents who live in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming are eligible to enter.
The top six entries from the Northwest, Mountain, West, Gulf, Texas and Southeast regions will be selected to compete at the national level. Winners from each region will advance to the Game Day Chef Challenge Grand Finale Cook-Off, held prior to the big game at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Jan. 1, 2016 in Pasadena, Calif.
"Nothing goes better with football than food in my house," stated Jennifer Daskevich, last year's Game Day Chef Challenge champion, who entered her recipe for Cashew Crusted Fried Chicken Sliders with Apricot, Sesame and Root Beer Bacon Jam. "When I heard about the Game Day Chef Challenge, it got my creative culinary juices flowing. I was pleasantly surprised with the wide variety of ingredients available at Chevron and Texaco stations, and enjoyed roaming the aisles while brainstorming my game day recipe."
This year's Game Day Chef Challenge will also be a qualifying event for the 2016 World Food Championships. Regional winners will receive a Golden Ticket from the World Food Championships to compete at the 2016 competition in Kissimmee, Fla.
"We were impressed with the creative spin that Chevron brought to food sport," said Mike McCloud, CEO of the World Food Championships. "The contestants proved that you can make an award-worthy dish using ingredients from a Chevron or Texaco station. So it simply made sense that we would make the Chevron Game Day Chef Challenge a qualifying event. The creative possibilities with food are endless."
Another new addition is the Game Day Chef Challenge Instant Win Game, which lets fans play daily for the chance to win $20,000 in Chevron gift cards. Participants can play the instant win game by downloading the free Chevron with Techron or Texaco with Techron mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, after which they can "rub off" three footballs on their mobile device to reveal matching tailgate ingredients to instantly win prizes.
To play again, users must enable the GPS locator on their smartphone and go to a participating Chevron or Texaco station. No purchase is necessary. Prizes range in value from $25 to $100, with one grand prize of $20,000 in Chevron gift cards.
"There is a natural connection between football and food, whether fans are tailgating or entertaining at home," said Don Walker, general manager, brand, Chevron. "Fun events like these allow us to establish a connection with the millions of sports enthusiasts throughout the U.S., and showcase the variety and quality of the products available at our retail sites."