We have a local small city newspaper. It is struggling just like all newspapers these days. I support the paper by subscribing because I think local papers and magazines are important. The people who work there are very creative but this idea takes the cake (literally)!
Each year they run a cooking contest. You submit a recipe which they review. If you are chosen, you make the recipe and deliver it to the newspaper on a specific Saturday for tasting by the staff. The recipes are wide-ranging from appetizers to desserts and everything in between.
Think about it. You are working for a newspaper on a slow day. You are in the break room kicking ideas around with your working BFFs.
“It sure would be great to have food, free food. We could have a covered dish day where everyone brings something in but how can we do that without all the work.”
Locally there are more men than women at the newspaper. Without being sexist, I will say that it’s most likely that women will bring food in rather than men. I know this from actual experience. Most men just bring their appetites to work food days. Or maybe they will bring pretzels which they bought at the local gas station on the way to work.
“Eureka! Let’s have a cooking contest. We can request recipes in advance to ensure that there is a balanced meal and give the
suckerswinners proper publicity. That’s a win-win for all.”
And so it was written.
The reason I know this for a fact is that a woman who worked for me was one of the winners. She is a delightful person but I was stunned when I heard she won a cooking contest.
She is not a cooking fanatic nor did she seem the least bit interested in food except to eat it. I don’t remember her ever cooking anything to bring into work.
She didn’t develop a recipe as most contestants do but Googled recipes until she found one that didn’t take too much work or too many ingredients. Who wants to buy all those specialized spices only to be used once?
Her submitted recipe was accepted. She cooked the dish for the first time and took it to the contest area at the newspaper on the assigned day. There were many others with their dishes and the staff was milling around salivating.
If you feel comfortable eating food made by anyone (yes, I know some of you prefer places where you either know the cook or the establishment is inspected), this has to be the perfect scam.
Free food for the cost of an article and a plastic trophy! Everyone feels good!