Monday, December 14, 2009

Menu for Hope 6: Top Chef/Iron Chef

Top Chef/Iron Chef
Are you or someone you know addicted to Top Chef and Iron Chef America? If so, this prize package is just for you:

Season your way to good taste with Diamond Crystal® kosher, coarse and fine sea salt and put to use that iconic salt cellar you've seen Alton Brown using on Good Eats. Use a $25 CHEFS gift certificate to purchase anything else you might need, then cook like the chefs with signed copies of Michael Symon's Live to Cook and Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook (signed by chefs Jen Biesty, Jamie Lauren and Ryan Scott ). You'll also get a copy of Good Eats: The Early Years, Top Chef: The Cookbook and Top Chef Quickfire Challenge Game to keep you busy until next season.

Perhaps you've noticed a lack of salt or too much salt is often a crucial element in the judging of chefs on Top Chef and Iron Chef America. Chefs like Alton Brown and Michael Symon know that to bring out the true flavor of food, you have to know how to use that simple, but key ingredient – salt. Endorsed by the American Culinary Federation, Diamond Crystal® kosher salt is a favorite of professional and home chefs alike. Its distinct pyramid- and multifaceted-shaped crystals allow for controlled seasoning, provide excellent skickability and give food a natural burst of flavor. Diamond Crystal® sea salt is an all-natural sea salt from the shores of the Pacific available in coarse and fine varieties.

To learn more about cooking with salt, visit Salt 101, an interactive experience where Alton Brown shares culinary wisdom and practical tips.
Note: Alton Brown uses his fingers to pinch the salt, not the spoon that comes with the salt server. You should do the same.

Diamond Crystal® kosher, coarse and fine sea salt
Alton Brown salt cellar
$25 CHEFS gift certificate
Signed copy of Michael Symon's Live to Cook
Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook, signed by chefs Jen Biesty, Jamie Lauren and Ryan Scott
Good Eats: The Early Years
Top Chef: The Cookbook
Top Chef Quickfire Challenge Game

This prize package, worth more than $200, is available to anyone with a United States shipping address. The prize code is UW21.

To bid on this prize package, UW21 or any of the items offered by foodies around the world, here is what you need to do:

1. If you don't want this prize, go to Menu for Hope at Chez Pim or Gluten Free Girl to find more prizes.

2. Once you know the code for the prize you'd like, go to the donation site at Firstgiving and make a donation.

3. Please specify which bid item you'd like in the 'Personal Message' section in the donation form when confirming your donation. You must write-in how many tickets per bid item; please use the bid item code.

Each $10 you donate will give you one ticket toward a bid item of your choice. For example, a donation of $50 can be 2 tickets for EU01 and 3 tickets for EU02 -- 2xEU01, 3xEU02. Remember! The prize code for the Top Chef/Iron Chef prize is UW21.

4. If your company matches your charity donation, please check the box and fill in the information so we can claim the corporate match.

5. Please check the box to allow us to see your email address so that we can contact you in case you win. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.

6. The raffle will continue until December 25th. Winners will be announced in January.

Menu for Hope is an annual fundraiser for the UN World Food Programme. Each December, food bloggers from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu for Hope raffle. Anyone – and that means you too - can buy raffle tickets to bid on these prizes. For every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of their choice. At the end of the two-week campaign, the raffle tickets are drawn and the results announced on Chez Pim.

My sincere thanks to Chronicle Books, Clarkson Potter and Diamond Crystal® .