Your Vote Will Determine One Finalist in the 7th Annual Manischewitz(R) Cook Off

Vote Online at from February 21-28, 2013

NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The only national kosher cooking competition in America is seeking a 5th finalist to compete live in the 7th Annual Manischewitz® Cook-Off Contest. The public can vote for one of the five semi-finalists whose recipes have been posted at The voting session runs from February 21-28, 2013. Thousands of great recipes were submitted, and now it's time to vote for your favorite one!

The contestant receiving the most online votes will join four others, selected by an independent judging panel, to compete live at the Manischewitz Headquarters and Manufacturing Facilities in Newark, NJ. This marks the first year that the contest will be held at their facilities, which have been specially retrofitted for the festivities.

Here are the "People's Choice" finalists to be voted on. Based on voting, one of these candidates will become the fifth finalists to compete live:

  • Loanne Chiu – Fort Worth, TX – Roasted Pomegranate Fish
  • Michele Kusma – Columbus, OH – Sweet & Spicy Seared Tuna
  • Deb Stoner – Portland, OR – Poached Salmon on Potato Waffles With Beet Reduction
  • Donna Beck – Bonney Lake, WA – Curry Spiced Pumpkin Peanut Soup
  • Janice Elder – Charlotte, NC – Black Thai Lettuce Wraps

On March 21, 2013 the five finalists will prepare their recipes, live in front of an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of food media and other culinary experts, for the grand prize worth $25,000 including Maytag® appliances, cash and more! Jamie Geller, who is a cookbook author as well as the founder of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine and website, will act as head judge.

"We are delighted to be moving on to the next stage of the competition," says Paul Bensabat, Co-CEO of The Manischewitz Company. "We are excited to welcome the finalists to our headquarters," adds Alain Bankier, Co-CEO of The Manischewitz Company.

"Maytag designs its kitchen appliances with the family in mind," says Monica Teague, Senior Manager of Brand Experience. "We are looking forward to seeing the great family recipes that the finalists will be preparing at the Cook-Off and are excited to experience the contemporary flair that they will be adding to traditional family meals."

Contestants were asked to submit a family friendly recipe that can be created in less than one hour, using one of the Manischewitz All-Natural Broths. This competition encourages at home chefs to experiment with Kosher and Manischewitz products and to think about using these kosher items in all types of cuisine all while making delicious, healthy dishes that could become a family favorite.

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