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Hood Cook-Off Maine semifinalists
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HP Hood today unveiled the list of 30 semifinalists who will be competing in the Hood® New England Dairy Cook-Off® Presented by Hood Sour Cream on Oct. 30th in Portland, Maine.

Five Maine residents are in the running for the $10,000 grand prize. They are:

Deborah Frank, Westbrook-Felicita Puffs (Breakfast/Brunch)
Kelly Ann Stanley, Raymond-Kel's Savory Spud Soup (Soups/Chowders)
Jessie Grearson, Falmouth-Bombay-Style Crunch Fish Tostada Bites with Sriracha-Lime Sour Cream (Appetizers/Side Dishes)
Danica Schroth, Freeport-Kickin' Chicken and White Bean Chili (Lunch/Dinner)
Kathleen Joyce, Falmouth-Pumpkin Profiteroles with EggNog Custard and Bittersweet Chocolate, Cranberry and Orange Sauce (Dessert)

"Hood prides itself on the quality and versatility of its products, which are relied upon by both the amateur home cooks who are competing in the New England Dairy Cook-Off and also by professional chefs across New England," said Lynne Bohan, a Hood spokesperson. "We received a great selection of recipes using Hood products in new and unique ways, and we can't wait to see how the semifinalists perform in the head-to-head Cook-Off."

Competition heats up at 7:30 on Oct. 30th at Portland's Ocean Gateway terminal. Beginning at that time, one representative from each state (six total) will compete in each of the following five categories: breakfast/brunch (7:30 a.m.), soups/chowders (9:00 a.m.), appetizers/side dishes (10:30 a.m.), lunch/dinner (entrée) (11:45 a.m.), and dessert (1 p.m.).

One winner from each category will be chosen to compete in the finals. Judging will take place at the end of each round with the criteria being: taste, presentation/appearance, and creativity/originality.

The five category winners will advance to the finals, which will kick off at 6 p.m. By approximately 8 p.m. the $10,000 grand prize will be awarded. Last year's grand prize winner, Katherine Stetson, from Bath, NH, won with her breakfast recipe for Apple Butter Aebleskivers with Maple Chantilly.

For more information on the Hood New England Dairy Cook-off, please log onto HoodCookOff.com. For more information on Hood, please log onto Hood.com or become a fan at Facebook.com/hphood. 

About Hood
Founded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States.  Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Kemps, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart®, Heluva Good!®, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY®'S Milk and Milkshakes, Fiber One® Cottage Cheese and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze®. For more information about Hood, please visit www.Hood.com.

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