Have you heard of the Indiana Pickle Company? Beast Irvington? Broad Ripple Chip Company? B. Happy Peanut Butter? Not only do all of these businesses include delicious food products, but all are entrepreneurs who entered the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge last year sponsored by Ivy Tech Community College and Reliable Water Services.

What is the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge?

This challenge is an opportunity of a lifetime for Indiana food entrepreneurs. It features two categories: a start-up category for those with a new food business idea (not yet to market) and an early-stage category (5 years or under) for food entrepreneurs who have launched but are looking for help to get to the next level.

What are the prizes?
The grand prize winner in each category will receive:
$2,000 in seed money from Reliable to start their business
$1,000 scholarship from Ivy Tech Community College
$250 shopping spree from Zesco.com, restaurant supply.
Two People’s Choice winners will receive $1,000 each from Shapiro’s Deli
An article inEdible Indy magazine
“In addition to seed money and other great prizes, the Challenge offers a unique opportunity to gain advice from some of Indiana’s most successful and savvy food and beverage entrepreneurs and experts,” said Chef Jeffrey Alan Bricker, Hospitality Department Chair/Associate Professor at Ivy Tech Community College.

From now thru May 15, aspiring chefs, home cooks and early stage food entrepreneurs throughout Indiana can enter online by submitting a short application and uploading a photo of their recipe or product concept. Visit the site for a full list of contest rules and details.

Finalists will be selected in late May to participate in a final judging event at Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, 2820 North Meridian St., on Wed., June 22. This year’s judges include:

Carrie Abbott, owner,Newfangled Confections
Michael Joy, Chef/Director of Product Development,Park 100 Foods
Ian Kille, executive chef,MCL Restaurant & Bakery
Jennifer Rubenstein, publisher of Edible Indy
Brian Shapiro, owner,Shapiro’s Deli
Scott Wise, president & CEO, Scotty’s Brewhouse

“We are so proud to have helped launch a number of innovative food and beverage products over the past five years and can’t wait to see what new ideas this year will bring,” said Lynne Robinson, President of Reliable Water Services.

For more information and to enter, visitReliable Water Services.

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