Arkansas Signature Food Contest – Official Rules

Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest – Official Rules

The Arkansas Signature Food Dish Contest spearheaded by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIIF) is open to the public.  Anyone is eligible to be a contestant and may submit one recipe per entry.  Contestants under age 18 will need consent from a parent or legal guardian.  Contestants must submit a typed recipe of the original dish including the dish name and cooking instructions.  The food dish must pertain an entrée native to Arkansas. For example, seafood, arctic, tropical, etc., are not appropriate.

The name of the original dish must include “Arkansas” or a city or municipality within Arkansas.

Entry fee is $50.00 and may be submitted through PayPal to  Entry fee is non-refundable.


Contest Entry

To enter, contestants will need to send:

  • Contestant Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Name of Signature Dish
  • Recipe with Cooking Instructions

To enter by Email, send the contest entry information to:

To enter by Postal Mail, send contest entry information and $50.00 entry fee to:

Jason Irby Innovation Foundation

P.O. Box 55883

Little Rock, Arkansas 72175

Please make checks payable to the Jason Irby Innovation Foundation.

Contestants will be contacted to confirm entry and given an assigned time slot to prepare and present the original dish. Contest judging schedule will be announced.

Judging is based on

  • Originality
  • Taste
  • Presentation
  • Simplicity (ease of preparation)

The grand finale judging will be held at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds located at 2600 Howard Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72206, during the 2016 Arkansas State Fair. Specific judging location at the state fair will be announced.  Each contestant must bring their personal utensils and any equipment needed to prepare the dish.


1st place $1,000

2nd place $500

3rd place $250

Any increases in prize amounts will be announced.  The winning dish becomes eligible to be named as the official signature dish for Arkansas.

By entering the contest, contestants authorize recipes to be used by the Jason Irby INNOVATION FOUNDATION (JIFF) for promotional purposes and consent to releases required by JIIF.  Taxes and associated fees from prizes are the responsibility of the prize winner.

The contest entry deadline is August 31, 2016.

For more information about the contest, visit


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  1. Pingback: Arkansas Signature Food Contest – Deadline to Enter Extended to August 31, 2016 | Jason Irby

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