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Show Off Your Culinary Skills and Enter to Win a Trip to Compete in a Live Cook-Off Contest at Chicago O’Hare International Airport

February 5, 2018 Airport No Comments Email Email

Ready to show off your cooking skills to world travelers? Want to get your favorite dish featured on the restaurant menu at one of the busiest airports in the world? Enter Channel Your Inner Chef, a unique, multi-phase cooking contest that celebrates global restaurateur HMSHost‘s sponsorship of the 2018 James Beard Awards.

HMSHost, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Aviation, launched the Channel Your Inner Chef culinary competition four years ago to spotlight the spirit of culinary innovation and talent in airport restaurants throughout North America. Chicago is known for its diverse culinary scene which extends to the airport with chef-driven restaurants including Publican Tavern and Tortas Frontera by Rick Bayless.
Each year, the competition soars to new heights with record numbers of diverse hopefuls ranging from culinary students to amateur cooks showcasing their favorite dishes. You do not have to be a master chef to enter so long as you are enthusiastic about cooking.
Entry to the competition is easy. Submit a two-minute video of yourself showcasing your outgoing personality as you prepare your favorite recipe. Upload your video by February 20, 2018 at
Five finalists will be selected among video entries received that are judged by recipe, presentation, form, and showmanship. The five finalists will win a trip to Chicago to compete in a live cooking showdown event in front of an audience and a panel of judges right inside of Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 2 on March 20, 2018.
The timed cook-off presents the finalists with the fun challenge of creating an original recipe with a bounty of ingredients revealed to them at the start of the event. The winning dish will be featured on the menu of an HMSHost-operated restaurant at O’Hare for all travelers to enjoy.
The grand prize winner will also receive two roundtrip airline tickets for a flight within the continental U.S. and a VIP trip for two to attend the James Beard Awards Gala on May 7, 2018 at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Entries are accepted through February 20, 2018. Full details about Channel Your Inner Chef, including rules and regulations can be found at

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