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Better Together Hands-on Cook-off Contest

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 10:42am PDT
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Better Together, an active online community forum, designed to celebrate family meals, cooking, and trying new recipes, has just launched the 8th annual Hands-on Cook-off contest across BC.

This contest celebrates the importance of cooking and eating together. This year’s contest theme is celebrating and redefining “family”. Here in BC, family means something different to all of us and Better Together BC would like to see what it means to people across the province! Whether we’re married, single or new to Canada, breaking bread together is a grounding and deeply bonding tradition for individuals, families, and for communities. The Hands-on Cook-off contest is a fun reminder to us all to make space in our lives for being together.

The Hands-on Cook-off contest was inspired by research that shows that when families cook and eat together, kids gain many valuable benefits—including better grades in school, better physical and mental health, and better overall social adaptability.

About the Contest

How you can enter: From April 18th until noon of May 18th, any BC resident can enter the Hands-on Cook-off contest. Videos must include two or more people preparing a recipe together… and having fun! Videos must be no longer than three minutes in length and can be entered online here.

Judges: TV personality and cook, Art Napoleon; Michelle Tang, Co-founder of Foodie Kids Inc.; Chef Paul Cecconi of Brodo Kitchen; Rebecca Coleman of Cooking By Laptop; and award-winning cooking instructor, Chef Heidi Fink.

Criteria: Judges look for creativity, clarity interaction, that x-factor, and most importantly cooking together and having fun- whether it’s kids and parents, or two friends. View the full contest rules and regulations here.

Prize details & value: Several cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 will be awarded in different categories to individuals and schools. Total prizes up for grabs are valued at over $4,000. Full prizing details can be found here.

Instagram Shorts

For the first time this year, you can also enter a shorter video in the Instagram category for a chance to win a $250 gift card! Simply follow and tag @bettertogetherbc and include the hashtag #handsoncookoff. Videos must be one minute or less and feature two generations cooking together. One winner will be chosen by random draw. Full details on contest website.

Better Together BC exists because eating together, whether as a family or otherwise, offers many health and social benefits for both children and adults – including better nutrition, school performance and social adjustment.

Enter to Win from Miss604

To get the word out about the Better Together Hands-on Cook-off I have a prize to give away! It’s a Cuisinart Griddler & Panini Press.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Like, comment on, or share this post on Facebook (1 entry)
  • Click below to get another entry by posting on Twitter:
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Follow Better Together BC on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and use the tag #handsoncookoff. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Update The winner is Nicolle Pozniak!

Disclosure: Sponsored Post
This post and contest is sponsored by Better Together

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  1. jan says:

    Here is to better family meals.

  2. Angela Griffin says:

    I love grilled sandwiches!

  3. Mike Gismondi says:

    This sounds like a great prize

  4. Roberta says:

    This forum is a great initiative. I will check it out for my family. Thanks for sharing! That prize would come in handy 🙂

  5. Ada Knack says:

    Wow! The intergenerational cooking contest video idea is great. I hope a lot of families use this as a springboard to get cooking together.

  6. ariel c says:

    This would be great for grilled cheese!

  7. adam says:

    yes please!

  8. Jen says:

    This is a great machine! I had an earlier generation but foolishly brought it into the office once and now face full rebellion every time I try to take it back! 😀

    Excited to try the contest too!

  9. Kristy says:

    I’d love to make paninis with my daughter!

  10. Bonnie Y. says:

    Good initiative. Nice prize.

  11. Jason B says:

    Great cooking contest.

  12. Alex says:

    Great prize – I could really use that.

  13. Debz says:

    My favourite food, grilled paninis.

  14. Donna says:

    Panini time yum!

  15. Ann Peavey says:

    I can just imagine the variety of paninis I could create! #FingersCrossed

  16. Stella Panagiotidis says:

    I sure can use this!

  17. Eileen says:

    Fun contest!

  18. Rhonda Morrison says:


  19. Nancy says:

    I love to grill paninis

  20. Hala says:

    What an awesome giveaway.

  21. Graham Woloski says:

    I love sandwiches!

  22. Amanda Porter says:

    My sandwich maker was so well used it recently broke so what a fab replacement! Cuisinart is also a great brand!

  23. Winnie says:

    What a cool contest!

  24. Swapnil Shah says:

    Paninis are the best

  25. Travelbuds says:

    So many things you could make with this.

  26. Linda Webster says:

    It sounds like a fun event.

  27. Lisa says:

    Would love to make so many different panninis with this.

  28. Linda says:

    I have wanted a panini press for, I kid you not, 10 years or more. I just never could justify the cost.

  29. Tabby72 says:

    What a great event. And I’d love a panini press!

  30. Nancy says:

    I can smell the butter on the grill, walnut bread, sliced pear, Brie and bacon….please!

  31. Rajbinder Kaur says:

    Just thinking of the amazing panini’s my nephews and I can make together on that press! cheers

  32. Jason says:

    This is one of my favorite products!

  33. Samantha says:

    Ohhh, I’ve always wanted one of these.

  34. margaret Arsenault says:


  35. Marsha says:

    I would love to win this! WE love making paninis and mine is almost done.

  36. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    I love sandwiches and this sounds great.

  37. Shirley S says:

    Great contest! I would love to make paninis!

  38. Sheila Russell says:

    would love to win this – i gave my griddler to my daughter when she moved away from home

  39. Diane T says:

    love paninis and grilled cheese, they would be quick and easy to make with this!

  40. Cathy Balogh says:

    This Panini press would be fantastic. Thanks for the chance

  41. Stephanie D says:

    I LOVE grilled sandwiches! what a great prize!

  42. Only recently discovered panini Would love to win this press.

  43. Wayne Couzens says:

    I have always wanted a panini grill

  44. Calvin F. says:

    Great idea to bring generations of BC closer together!

  45. Victor says:

    omg yes please! would love to win this

  46. Ruby BB says:

    Thx! Love your contests & all the great info you share! 😘

  47. Mike Flaman says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  48. Sandy Couzens says:

    I have never had a panini press, I’m not sure why because I’m sure we would love it. Thank you for the chance to win 🙂

  49. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    we love grilled sandwiches

  50. Holly MacRitchie says:

    I would love to have this to make grilled sandwiches! I make up random sandwiches all the time!

  51. Vicki says:

    Yummy, paninis for the whole family!!

  52. Alan says:

    Would love to win a panini press!

  53. Elizabeth says:

    I’m pregnant and craving grilled cheese sandwiches. Would love to win this!

  54. Edith Rennes says:

    I would sooo love to win this

  55. Karen M says:

    I love paninis. This is a great prize. Make my own sandwiches and save money, too. Perfect prize.

  56. Phyllis W. says:

    Would love a panini/griller!

  57. wen says:

    Thank you for passing on this event info.

  58. Susan says:

    Homemade paninis would be amazing!

  59. Chista says:

    cooking is more fun with more people!

  60. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    awesome i would love to win

  61. Bonnie R says:

    Looks great!

  62. Anita D. says:

    This would be so awesome to win. Would definitely brighten up our lunches!

  63. dane says:

    Mother’s day

  64. Andy C. says:

    Batman’s greatest nemesis – the griddler

  65. Leanne T. says:

    Great idea…my 4 yr. old loves being sous chef for her Dad!

  66. Stephanie says:

    That’s a really amazing contest! P.S. I have always wanted a panini press!

  67. Tiffany says:

    Grilled paninis made from home sound amazing…

  68. Matt P says:

    Lunches made easy with that!

  69. Barb W says:

    I would use this all the time!

  70. Stephanie says:

    Love this!!

  71. Krista M says:

    Take me to sandwich heaven with this panini press, please! Yum!

  72. Teresa K says:


  73. Linda R. says:

    Cooking and eating together as a family is so beneficial!

  74. Ron S says:

    Yes please!

  75. Tammy says:

    This is amazing🌸

  76. Theresa C. says:

    Wow our girls would love to learn how to use one of these!

  77. Andrea says:

    Awesome contest!!! Thanks for the chance!

  78. Heidi P says:

    Yum Yum Yum. Love love love panini grilled cheese sandwiches. So many varieties one can make

    Thanks for the delicious chance💘💘💝

  79. Heidi P says:

    OH YES forgot the


    Love panini sandwiches of all kinds

  80. Cheryl Germain says:

    I’d love to own a panini press, thanks for the chance!

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