HOW DO I ENTER THE SUTTER HOME BUILD A BETTER BURGER® RECIPE CONTEST?

Step 1:
Proceed to the Sutter Home Build A Better Burger Website (www.buildabetterburger.com) and click on the “Enter The Contest” link.

Step 2:
Scroll down to “How To Enter” and fill out the required fields.

Step 3:
Complete the requested registration information.  You may also choose to include an optional Cooking Tip and/or click the “Find File” button to select a picture to upload.  Once you have selected your picture and completed the requested registration information, click “Submit.”  Please note that uploading a photograph is strongly encouraged, but not required.  A photo is not part of the judging criteria or process.

Step 4:
Receive an entry confirmation email.  (Until you receive this entry confirmation email, your submission is undergoing review to ensure it complies with the Official Rules, and is not yet considered a valid entry into the contest).

WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE SUTTER HOME BUILD A BETTER BURGER® RECIPE CONTEST?

Scroll down to “How To Enter” and fill out the required fields including:

Burger Name
Burger Introduction
Patty Type
Bun Type
Burger Ingredients
Burger Recipe
Recipe Yield
Cooking Tip (Optional)
Upload Picture File (Optional)
Wine Pairing
Entrant Name
City
State
Zip Code
Cook-Off Region & Date (Based on State of Legal Residence)
Email Address
Telephone Number
Birthday

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY RECIPE WAS ACCEPTED?

Once you click the “Submit" button, you should see a "Thank You" page on your internet browser.  This page confirms that your recipe has been received and submitted into a review process to ensure that it complies with the Official Rules.  Please note that while your recipe is undergoing review, it is not yet considered a valid entry into the contest.

Once your recipe is reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied on the registration form.  If your recipe complies with the Official Rules, this confirmation email will state that your submission has been accepted as an approved entry into the contest.  If your recipe is not accepted as an approved entry, the email will detail the reasons why your recipe was declined.

IF A RECIPE WAS DECLINED, CAN I FIX IT AND RESUBMIT IT?

Yes.  If you received a rejection email, fix what is wrong and resubmit it.  Once submitted, it will go through the approval process again.  If it is approved, you will receive a confirmation email stating your recipe was accepted.

CAN I MODIFY MY RECIPE ONCE IT'S APPROVED?

Yes, but you will need to resubmit and it will be counted as a separate entry if approved.

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE RECIPE?

You can submit as many as you want within the Contest Entry Period.

WHAT'S THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING?

Your recipe must be uploaded and registered online by 11:59:59PM ET on July 31, 2017.  Mail-in entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2017.

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO SUBMIT A RECIPE?

At least 21 years old.

WHAT IS COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT?

Using elements or recipes that somebody else created and/or owns, and that you do not have permission to use.

WHAT IS TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT?

If you use a company's name, logo or brand likeness without their permission.

WHAT ARE THE SPECIFICATIONS OR RULES FOR EACH RECIPE?

Submission may not refer to any company/brand or food or beverage brands other than Sutter Home.

All burgers must be composed of grilled patties (formed from ground beef or ground alternative foods) prepared on a gas or charcoal grill, served on buns, other bread products, or alternative wrappings such as lettuce.

Each recipe must include readily available ingredients and use standard, unabbreviated U.S. measurements, (i.e., cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, ounces, or pounds), specific amounts for each ingredient (i.e., number of lettuce leaves, exact teaspoons of salt and pepper; do not say “to taste” for any ingredient, but list exact amount so reviewers can judge how the burger will taste).

Each recipe must be written to make six (6) regular-sized burgers or twelve (12) or eighteen (18) small burgers or "sliders."

All recipes must be able to be prepared completely in sixty (60) minutes or less.

CAN MY RECIPE BE IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH?

No.  It must be in English.

CAN A GROUP SUBMIT A RECIPE AS A JOINT PIECE OF WORK?

Yes.  Pick one person to enter, agree to the rules and accept the prize on the group's behalf.

IF I SUBMITTED A BURGER RECIPE TO THE CONTEST IN PREVIOUS YEARS, CAN I SUBMIT IT AGAIN?

Yes.  If you were not selected as a Finalist or Grand-Prize Winner, you may update and resubmit a recipe even if it appears on Sutter Home's online BurgerBase.  If the recipe has been published elsewhere, however, it is ineligible for submission.

ARE PAST FINALISTS OR GRAND-PRIZE WINNERS OF THE SUTTER HOME BUILD A BETTER BURGER® RECIPE CONTEST ELIGIBLE TO PARTCIPATE?

No.

HOW WILL MY RECIPE BE JUDGED?

Regional Semi-Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the recipe's Perceived Taste Appeal (40%), Creativity (25%), Ease of Preparation (25%) and Perceived Wine Paring (10%).

National Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges at a series of Regional Semi-Final Cook-Offs based on the recipe’s Taste (40%), Creativity (25%), Ease of Preparation (25%) and Wine Pairing (10%).

The Grand-Prize Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges at a National Final Cook-Off based on the recipe’s Taste (40%), Creativity (25%), Ease of Preparation (25%) and Wine Pairing (10%).

HOW AND WHEN WILL I BE CONTACTED IF I AM SELECTED AS A FINALIST?

REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST NOTIFICATION
All Regional Semi-Finalists will be notified by telephone, email or registered mail on or about August 14, 2017.

NATIONAL FINALIST NOTIFICATION
National Finalists will be notified at their respective Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Offs according to the following schedule.

Los Angeles, CA on August 26, 2017
Dallas, TX on September 8, 2017
Chicago, IL on September 14, 2017
Cincinnati, OH on September 19, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA on September 22, 2017

GRAND PRIZE WINNER NOTIFICATION
Grand-Prize Winner will be notified at the National Final Cook-Off at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, CA on October 5, 2017.

WHAT ARE THE DATES AND LOCATIONS OF ALL COOK-OFF EVENTS?

REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST COOK-OFFS
Lot Near Angels Stadium (Anaheim, CA) on August 26, 2017
Lot Near Globe Life Park (Arlington, TX) on September 8, 2017
Lot Near Wrigley Field (Chicago, IL) on September 14, 2017
Lot Near Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati, OH) on September 19, 2017
Lot Near PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA) on September 22, 2017

NATIONAL FINAL COOK-OFF
Sutter Home Winery (St. Helena CA) on October 5, 2017

CAN I COMPETE IN A DIFFERENT REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST COOK-OFF THAN THE ONE TO WHICH I AM ASSIGNED?

No.

WHAT ARE THE WINNING PRIZES?

Twenty (20) Semi-Finalist Prizes:
Each Semi-Finalist will receive two (2) professional baseball game tickets in Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off city in accordance with the dates listed in the Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off schedule and one (1) $200 pre-paid debit card for required burger ingredients.

If Semi-Finalist lives within 300 miles from Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off city, Semi-Finalist will be required to provide his/her own ground transportation to and from the event and will receive one (1) $200 pre-paid debit card for fuel, toll expenses and/or any other transportation costs.

If Semi-Finalist lives more than 300 miles from Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off city, Semi-Finalist will receive economy-class airfare for two (2) between Semi-Finalist's home and Cook-Off city and one (1) night hotel accommodations (1 room, double occupancy).

Five (5) National Finalist Prizes:
Each National Finalist will receive two (2) nights double occupancy hotel accommodations in St. Helena, CA (Check-In: Wednesday, October, 4, 2017; Check- Out: Friday, October 6, 2017), economy-class airfare for two (2) between Finalist’s home and a Bay Area Airport (SMF, SFO or OAK), entry for two (2) to a welcome reception and dinner on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, breakfast for two (2) daily, reimbursement of rental car for duration of two (2) night stay in St. Helena, CA, ground transportation for two (2) to and from all sponsored activities and one (1) $200 pre-paid debit card to be used for dinner on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

One (1) Grand-Prize Winner:
The Grand-Prize Winner will receive $25,000 cash.  Prize will be awarded as a check payable to the winner. The check will be issued three (3) to four (4) weeks after the National Finalist Cook-Off date.

WILL I BE REQUIRED TO BRING MY OWN EQUIPMENT AND INGREDIENTS TO THE COOK-OFFS?

Semi-Finalists will be required to bring their own equipment and necessary ingredients to the Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Offs.  Each Semi-Finalist will have access to his/her own 6-foot table/prep station and Weber Gas Grill.  The grill will have 3 stainless steel burners, 529 square inches of total cooking area and 32,000 BTU-per –hour input on the main burners.  Additionally, they will be provided with the recommended varietal of Sutter Home Wine for pairing and a $200 pre-paid debit card for required burger ingredients.

National Finalists will not be required to bring their own equipment or ingredients.  Each National Finalist will have access to his/her own prep station and Weber Gas Grill.  The grill will have 3 stainless steel burners, 669 square inches of total cooking area and 43,500 BTU-per –hour input on the main burners.  Prior to the Cook-Off, National Finalist must provide Sutter Home with a list of all required equipment and ingredients for his/her burger recipe.

HOW MANY BURGERS WILL FINALISTS BE REQUIRED TO MAKE AT COOK-OFFS?

Five (5) burgers or ten (10) sliders must be prepared within the sixty (60) minute time frame.  Finalists are then encouraged to make additional burgers or sliders for spectators.  Spectator tasting is not part of the judging criteria or process.

ARE THE COOK-OFFS TIMED?

Yes, Regional and National Finalists have sixty (60) minutes to prepare, cook, and plate their burgers.