Better Together Hands-on Cook-off Contest

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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:


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!

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81 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. janTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 11:11am PDT

    Here is to better family meals.

  2. Angela GriffinTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 11:24am PDT

    I love grilled sandwiches!

  3. Mike GismondiTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 11:24am PDT

    This sounds like a great prize

  4. RobertaTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 11:59am PDT

    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 KnackTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 12:47pm PDT

    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 cTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 12:58pm PDT

    This would be great for grilled cheese!

  7. adamTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 12:58pm PDT

    yes please!

  8. JenTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 1:23pm PDT

    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. KristyTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 1:49pm PDT

    I’d love to make paninis with my daughter!

  10. Bonnie Y.Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 1:50pm PDT

    Good initiative. Nice prize.

  11. Jason BTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 1:58pm PDT

    Great cooking contest.

  12. AlexTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 3:39pm PDT

    Great prize – I could really use that.

  13. DebzTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 6:09pm PDT

    My favourite food, grilled paninis.

  14. DonnaTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 7:21pm PDT

    Panini time yum!

  15. Ann PeaveyTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 8:33pm PDT

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

  16. Stella PanagiotidisTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 10:00pm PDT

    I sure can use this!

  17. EileenTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 10:13pm PDT

    Fun contest!

  18. Rhonda MorrisonTuesday, April 18th, 2017 — 11:20pm PDT


  19. NancyWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 12:50am PDT

    I love to grill paninis

  20. SeanWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 7:26am PDT


  21. HalaWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 7:30am PDT

    What an awesome giveaway.

  22. Graham WoloskiWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 9:20am PDT

    I love sandwiches!

  23. Amanda PorterWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 10:55am PDT

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

  24. WinnieWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 12:53pm PDT

    What a cool contest!

  25. Swapnil ShahWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 1:03pm PDT

    Paninis are the best

  26. TravelbudsWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 2:00pm PDT

    So many things you could make with this.

  27. Linda WebsterWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 2:02pm PDT

    It sounds like a fun event.

  28. LisaWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 4:18pm PDT

    Would love to make so many different panninis with this.

  29. LindaWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 5:47pm PDT

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

  30. Tabby72Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 7:06pm PDT

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

  31. NancyWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 8:18pm PDT

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

  32. Rajbinder KaurWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 8:54pm PDT

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

  33. JasonWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 8:58pm PDT

    This is one of my favorite products!

  34. SamanthaWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 9:48pm PDT

    Ohhh, I’ve always wanted one of these.

  35. margaret ArsenaultWednesday, April 19th, 2017 — 10:15pm PDT


  36. MarshaThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 4:54am PDT

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

  37. LILLIAN BROWNThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 5:43am PDT

    I love sandwiches and this sounds great.

  38. Shirley SThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 6:52am PDT

    Great contest! I would love to make paninis!

  39. Sheila RussellThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 7:43am PDT

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

  40. Diane TThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 8:36am PDT

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

  41. Cathy BaloghThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 9:03am PDT

    This Panini press would be fantastic. Thanks for the chance

  42. Stephanie DThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 9:28am PDT

    I LOVE grilled sandwiches! what a great prize!

  43. lorra BromleyThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 9:54am PDT

    Only recently discovered panini Would love to win this press.

  44. Wayne CouzensThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 10:39am PDT

    I have always wanted a panini grill

  45. Calvin F.Thursday, April 20th, 2017 — 11:28am PDT

    Great idea to bring generations of BC closer together!

  46. VictorThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 11:44am PDT

    omg yes please! would love to win this

  47. Ruby BBThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 11:52am PDT

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

  48. Mike FlamanThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 12:15pm PDT

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  49. Sandy CouzensThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 12:21pm PDT

    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 🙂

  50. Brenda Witherspoon-BedardThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 6:18pm PDT

    we love grilled sandwiches

  51. Holly MacRitchieThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 7:43pm PDT

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

  52. VickiThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 8:21pm PDT

    Yummy, paninis for the whole family!!

  53. AlanThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 8:22pm PDT

    Would love to win a panini press!

  54. ElizabethThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 8:27pm PDT

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

  55. Edith RennesThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 8:45pm PDT

    I would sooo love to win this

  56. Karen MThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 9:03pm PDT

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

  57. Phyllis W.Thursday, April 20th, 2017 — 9:41pm PDT

    Would love a panini/griller!

  58. wenThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 10:53pm PDT

    Thank you for passing on this event info.

  59. SusanThursday, April 20th, 2017 — 11:53pm PDT

    Homemade paninis would be amazing!

  60. ChistaFriday, April 21st, 2017 — 12:35pm PDT

    cooking is more fun with more people!

  61. Aarone MawdsleyFriday, April 21st, 2017 — 3:08pm PDT

    awesome i would love to win

  62. Bonnie RFriday, April 21st, 2017 — 3:35pm PDT

    Looks great!

  63. Anita D.Friday, April 21st, 2017 — 8:47pm PDT

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

  64. daneFriday, April 21st, 2017 — 9:24pm PDT

    Mother’s day

  65. Andy C.Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 1:47am PDT

    Batman’s greatest nemesis – the griddler

  66. Leanne T.Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 4:28pm PDT

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

  67. StephanieSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 4:31pm PDT

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

  68. TiffanySaturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 5:06pm PDT

    Grilled paninis made from home sound amazing…

  69. Matt PSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 7:16pm PDT

    Lunches made easy with that!

  70. Barb WSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 8:16pm PDT

    I would use this all the time!

  71. StephanieSaturday, April 22nd, 2017 — 10:14pm PDT

    Love this!!

  72. Krista MSunday, April 23rd, 2017 — 2:39pm PDT

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

  73. Teresa KSunday, April 23rd, 2017 — 4:50pm PDT


  74. Linda R.Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 — 5:55pm PDT

    Cooking and eating together as a family is so beneficial!

  75. Ron SSunday, April 23rd, 2017 — 6:18pm PDT

    Yes please!

  76. TammySunday, April 23rd, 2017 — 8:34pm PDT

    This is amazing?

  77. Theresa C.Monday, April 24th, 2017 — 1:27am PDT

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

  78. AndreaMonday, April 24th, 2017 — 8:44am PDT

    Awesome contest!!! Thanks for the chance!

  79. Heidi PMonday, April 24th, 2017 — 12:42pm PDT

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

    Thanks for the delicious chance???

  80. Heidi PMonday, April 24th, 2017 — 12:43pm PDT

    OH YES forgot the


    Love panini sandwiches of all kinds

  81. Cheryl GermainMonday, April 24th, 2017 — 10:23pm PDT

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

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