Louisiana Yam Recipe Contest


The Louisiana Sweet Potatoe Commission's 2015 Louisiana Yam Recipe Contest


The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission is once again excited to sponsor a contest in partnership with Louisiana Cookin’ to find the best sweet potato recipes in the country. This year’s entries can utilize fresh, frozen, or canned sweet potatoes.

The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission knows that home cooks and food lovers across America cook up some amazing sweet potato dishes. Do you serve them up as an appetizer? Or how about an entrée or side dish? Desserts are, of course, a given!

We will award 5 category winners, one each in the following categories:

  • Fresh Sweet Potatoes
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Frozen Sweet Potatoes
  • Culinary Student
  • Professional Chef

Each category winner will receive $500. A grand prize winner will be selected to receive $1000. So start shopping for fresh, canned, or frozen Louisiana Sweet Potatoes and send us your best recipe! While you’re getting ready to cook up your masterpiece, take a look at the winning dishes from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Sponsored By: Louisiana Sweet Potato CommissionLouisiana Cookin’Alexia, and Louisiana Culinary InstituteLouisiana Restaurant Association

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This form must be filled out in its entirety for entry in the 2015 Louisiana Yam Recipe Contest. For complete contest rules, see below.

Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited by law.

  1. Eligibility: This contest is open to amateur and professional cooks who are legal U.S. residents 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees, members, representatives and their immediate family members of the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, as well as residents of FL and NY are ineligible to participate. The recipe must be original, utilize Louisiana fresh, canned, or frozen sweet potatoes, and must include complete instructions for preparation, readily available ingredients, standard measures and the suggested number of servings. Ingredients should be listed in order of their use.
  2. Contest Period: The contest period is from January 1, 2015 through June 1, 2015. Entries received via mail must be postmarked by May 31 and received by June 5. Entries submitted online must be received by 11:59 p.m. CT June 1.
  3. How to enter: Entrants may enter multiple entries, but with a separate entry form or submission for each recipe. To enter online use the above form. You may also download the entry form, print and mail to:

Louisiana Yam Recipe Contest
c/o Louisiana Cookin’™
PO Box 4430
New Orleans, LA 70178 

Your entry must be completed on the official entry form and contain your full name, mailing address and telephone number or it will be eliminated from consideration. Proof of mailing or emailing does not constitute proof of delivery. Entries will not be accepted via Fax. Professional chefs and culinary students may submit recipes utilizing fresh, canned, or frozen sweet potatoes, but must submit them under the Culinary Student or Professional Chef categories.

  1. Winner Selection: Prize winners will be determined based on overall flavor, visual appeal and creativity. Finalists’ recipes will be prepared by culinary students at Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and judged by an independent panel of food industry professionals whose decisions are final. The judging is not open to entrants or the public. The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission will attempt to notify all potential winners by phone or mail by July 24, 2015.
  2. Prizes: One overall Grand Prize winner will be awarded $1,000. The grand prize winning recipe may come from any category. One additional winner from each of the categories will be awarded $500. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions will be allowed. All federal, state, and local income taxes on prize are the responsibility of the winner. Winner(s) will be issued a 1099 tax form for the estimated retail value of the prize, and may be required to sign a Release of Liability and/or Statement of Eligibility. Failure to submit any required documents will result in disqualification.
  3. General: No copies or mechanical reproductions of copyrighted recipes will be accepted. The Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission and Louisiana Cookin’™ (Sponsor) are not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, misdirected or postage due mail. All entries and materials submitted to Sponsor in connection with the Contest (collectively, “Entry Materials”), along with all copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights associated therewith, become the property of Sponsor upon submission, and Entry Materials will not be returned to any entrant. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you acknowledge that Sponsor will own all rights to use, modify, reproduce, publish, perform, display, distribute, make derivative works of and otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit the Entry Materials in perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any manner or medium now existing or hereafter developed, without separate compensation to you or any other person or entity. Sponsors use of the entry materials may include but shall not be limited to publication and archived in Louisiana Cookin’, louisianacookin.com, and sweetpotato.org. You hereby warrant and represent that (a) you own all rights to all Entry Materials submitted by you; and (b) all such Entry Materials are original works of authorship on your part and have not been copied, in whole or in part, from any other work and do not violate, misappropriate or infringe any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right of any other person or entity.
  4. Winners List: Winners and their recipes will be posted on louisianacookin.com and the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission website in the recipe section after July 24, 2015 and will be featured in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Louisiana Cookin’™ magazine. Learn more about Louisiana Sweet Potatoes, including recipes and nutritional information, at SweetPotato.org.
  5. General Release: By entering the Contest, you release the Sponsor and the Participating Entities from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use any prize (including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light, whether intentional or unintentional), whether under a theory of contract, tort (including negligence), warranty or other theory.