"Queen of Kosher," Jamie Geller Named Head Judge for the 7th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off!

NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celebrity Chef Jamie Geller cookbook author, TV show host, magazine and website publisher, and mother of five, will be the head judge and guest of honor for the 2013 Man-O-Manischewitz® Cook-Off Contest. Five finalists will compete for the $25,000 Grand Prize, which includes a series of Maytag® appliances, cash and a beautiful crystal trophy. The competition takes place in front of an esteemed panel of judges led by Jamie Geller and other food media and experts.

The competition encourages at-home chefs to experiment with kosher products while preparing delicious recipes that could be a new family favorite or one that has been shared from generation to generation. The deadline for entries is February 4, 2013. Recipes must include one of the Manischewitz All-Natural broth flavors-NEW Turkey, Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken, Beef or Vegetable, as well as one other Manischewitz products as well, with no more than 9 ingredients.

Four finalists will be chosen by the judging panel and five other semi-finalists will be posted on www.manischewitz.com to select the fifth finalist. From February 21st through February 28th, consumers can vote online, and via Facebook and Twitter, to select the fifth finalist. For complete contest details, log onto www.manischewitz.com. For the first time ever, Manischewitz will be hosting the live Cook-Off on March 21, 2013 at their Headquarters and Manufacturing Facilities in Newark, NJ. The headquarters has been specially retrofitted for the event. That same day, Manischewitz will also showcase Kosher for Passover matzo production tours for guests and media.

"As long time fan of Manischewitz products, I am especially excited to be able to take part in this year's Cook-Off contest. I wish the contestants great luck and I cannot wait to meet the five finalists at the event," says Jamie Geller, head judge of the 2013 Manischewitz Cook-Off Contest. "It is a pleasure to be able to work with a family-friendly brand as my goal is to help families prepare delicious, quick meals; the Manischewitz line of broths are a staple in so many of my recipes."

How it works

U.S. residents 18 or older are invited to submit an original, easy-to-prepare entrée using any flavor of new Manischewitz Broth product. Recipes should have no more than a total of nine ingredients and be prepared and cooked in one hour or less. For official contest details log onto www.manischewitz.com, complete the official entry form and submit your recipe online or by mail. Entries must be received by January 15, 2012. Four finalists will be selected by a panel of judges and one finalist will be selected during the online people's choice vote from February 13-24, 2012. Five contestants will compete live in New York City in front of a panel of live judges on March 28, 2012.

For more information, prize details, rules and regulations, log onto www.manischewitz.com. For media inquiries, please contact Courtney at Courtney.Manders@bhgpr.com.

CONTACT: Courtney Manders (973)744-0707 Courtney.Manders@bhgpr.comSource: Manischewitz