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27 Sep

Contest: Primal Iron Chef

The Prize:

A Vitamix! That’s right, a $500 blender.  I’ve had one of these for over ten years now, and the things hold up. Want to make your own salsa? Almond butter? Puree some veggies? Or maybe you just like to drink your steak. The Vitamix will liquefy pretty much anything. It’s the Bugatti of the blending world. Courtesy of Gail Goodwin from Inspire Me Today, the winner will receive a Vitamix Blender.

In addition to the blender, the winning entry will also be featured as Saturday’s blog post right here on MDA.

The Contest:

Cue the dramatic music, take a bite of your favorite vegetable, steel your fiery gaze at the audience, because it’s time to play Iron Chef: Primal Edition!!! (hold for applause). Reader Nate came up with the idea for this one. For anyone not familiar with the popular Japanese import cooking show, chefs are tasked with creating an assortment of dishes that all include one secret ingredient. For the MDA version…

  1. Create a recipe using the secret ingredient.
  2. Write a step-by-step walk-through describing how to make the recipe in 1000 words or less.
  3. Include pictures of the finished recipe as well as pictures showing the process.

SECRET INGREDIENT: COCONUT. In whatever form you choose.


  • A cookbook style list of ingredients followed by a handful of “chop this, bake at such-and-such degrees” instructions probably won’t cut the mustard. Make it entertaining!
  • Tips on variations or how to make the recipe as Primal as possible are always appreciated.
  • Bonus points for clever uses of coconut (i.e. An egg and bacon quiche that happens to use a tablespoon of coconut oil may have slightly less chance of winning than a dish that is clearly coconut based or coconut influenced).
  • Doesn’t have to be a main dish. Can be an appetizer, a dessert, just as long as it’s tasty and Primal.

For examples of how to do it, look at any recipe on my site. Here they all are: Primal Blueprint Recipes.

Another feature of Iron Chef is the short time limit. You do have more than a hour to complete this one, but it’s still a time crunch as all entries need to be emailed to me by midnight this Thursday. Due to the short time limit, I’m not anticipating many entries for this competition, which means if you do enter, you may be competing against only a handful of people for one of the better prizes. If you’re a blogger, this is a great opportunity to get a little exposure (and, of course, a blender). Once your submission is ready, email it to me with the subject heading “Iron Chef Submission.” IMPORTANT: Only original material created for the purposes of this contest will be counted. No previously published blog posts, folks.

Winner will be decided by me. The winning recipe will be featured on MDA this coming Saturday.

The Deadline:

September 30th, midnight PST. Only four days!

Who is Eligible:


Fine Print:

MDA reserves the right to publish and/or edit any submission.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. just bought one of these for my wife’s 30th (9.25). it’s awesome. great prize!

    mattyt wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • I’ve recently learned that I could help my fibromyalgia by eating certain foods,and Marks daily apple has the perfect prescription. I could do better for myself if I had the right tools, and this iron chef has me excited!

      Theresa wrote on September 27th, 2010
  2. Man! Why do I have to be on the road THIS week? I have the perfect recipe. Oh well, good luck everyone! Can’t wait to see the results!

    musajen wrote on September 27th, 2010
  3. Oooo! I can think I can do this one!! Yay!!

    gilliebean wrote on September 27th, 2010
  4. Hmmmm…. Ideas, Ideas…. Which one to use?

    naiadknight wrote on September 27th, 2010
  5. Damnit. I haven’t been able to buy a good coconut for almost 2 months: every time they’re half rotten. Hopefully tonight’s attempt won’t fail miserably because I have a good idea or two.

    Jason wrote on September 27th, 2010
  6. Can we do a video??

    Ed wrote on September 27th, 2010
  7. So excited! I think I have a recipe involving coconut, and oh my gosh I’ve wanted a Vitamix since Grok walked the earth!

    Mia wrote on September 27th, 2010
  8. omg you would do this today mark. ups is delivering my vitamix TODAY. haha no promise that i would have won this one but i did get a refurb one at a bit of a discount. i think it’s gonna be my best purchase ever in the kitchen!

    misathemeb wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • i just got mine on friday, refurb and all. Love it.

      mattyt wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • I’ve had one for a decade, and it just keeps working great!

      Adam Crafter wrote on September 27th, 2010
  9. That blender is so.. beautiful. I may need to try this.

    Taylor wrote on September 27th, 2010
  10. MMMMM! I love coconut!

    How many times can we enter?

    Mademoiselle wrote on September 27th, 2010
  11. I better learn to cook with coconut…quick! I’ve wanted a vitamix for a while now.

    stephen wrote on September 27th, 2010
  12. Can we do multiple submissions?

    Julia wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • Multiple submissions are welcome for this contest.

      Mark Sisson wrote on September 27th, 2010
      • Yay, thanks! :)

        Jules wrote on September 29th, 2010
  13. Great Contest idea Mark! I can’t wait. I’m allergic so my kids always think it’s a HUGE deal when I cook with coconut. You just made them both very happy.

    Maya wrote on September 27th, 2010
  14. Can’t wait! I have a great one for this! 😀

    Heather wrote on September 27th, 2010
    • Not as good as mine Muhaha LMAO Good luck everybody. Let the games begin 😉

      Maya wrote on September 27th, 2010
  15. kewl…I’m still tinkering with a coconut enhanced meal, but so far it’s nothing special and pretty bland. I’ll try to come up with something super awesome starting 2NITE!

    runningjay wrote on September 27th, 2010
  16. Man, I need more free time. Work is to insane this time of year.

    Kyle wrote on September 27th, 2010
  17. How do we email you?

    Lisa wrote on September 27th, 2010
  18. Dang! I’ve wanted one of those for a long time, too. But I hate coconut. :( So I certainly don’t know how to cook with it! I hope there’s another iron chef contest in the future.

    Lisa wrote on September 27th, 2010
  19. I just might enter this contest! I do have a recipe that calls for coconut _____….

    Primal Toad wrote on September 27th, 2010
  20. I’m going to make up something newish, I think. I was popping almonds out of their skins as I was reading wishing I could buy a vitamix to turn them into almond butter as smooth as Barney Butter, my current love, LOL.

    Kim wrote on September 27th, 2010
  21. Do we submit a word.doc and photos as separate attachments? Or a PDF with photos embedded? Which would you prefer?

    gilliebean wrote on September 27th, 2010
  22. Good topic…
    I agree that people should not take
    non prescribed drug, intead go for
    natural health supplement which more safer
    and easy to maintain.

    Innovative Healthcare wrote on September 27th, 2010
  23. Hrm, I’ve been lusting after a Vitamix for so long, but I hate coconut. I guess I’ll try to think up a coconut recipe for the coconut hater! And who knows, maybe the winner’s recipe will change my mind…

    Rachel wrote on September 27th, 2010
  24. I always get confused with this stuff, especially across timezones – is midnight September 30th when Wednesday 29th moves into Thursday 30th – or rather is it just on when Thursday 30th ends and Friday 1st begins?

    I know Mark said 4 days, but as I am in a different timezone, I am not sure when he posted this competition, and hence not sure if there is 2 or 3 days left?



    Luke in Oz wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • I’m pretty sure it’s when Thursday (30th) becomes Friday (1st) in the PST time zone. But I can see why there would be confusion, since 12:00am (aka midnight) is technically the very first minute of a new day.
      One possible solution would be to include a countdown timer on the particular contest post. Not sure how difficult this would be for Mark to do, but I’m sure it would be helpful for all :)

      Maria wrote on September 28th, 2010
      • Hi Maria,

        I am hoping you are right as I have JUST submitted my recipe(s)…

        Although my mum was the source of these great recipes, so if Mark chooses one of them – she gets the blender!


        Luke in Oz wrote on September 30th, 2010
  25. Dang – I’m far, far away from my Vita mix and home this week. GL to E1.

    hiker wrote on September 28th, 2010
    • Posted on There are many worthwhile hearchtale practices and we shouldnt let a corrupt industry run by insurance companies, HMOs and drug companies tell us what we can or cant have. I know many of you think you have the best hearchtale system in the world. But then again 80% of you have no passports and it just maybe you just dont know whats possible.

      Tays wrote on December 20th, 2012
  26. You ARE gonna post all the recipes, right? Even the ones that don’t win? It would be a shame if the rest of us didn’t get to share in all those wonderful creative ideas this contest is sure to generate.

    pj wrote on September 28th, 2010
  27. Woohoo! I’ve already been experimenting with my coconut creations!

    Megan wrote on September 28th, 2010
  28. I have entered my recipe! Good luck everyone!

    Adam wrote on September 28th, 2010
  29. I think I was made for this one :)

    El wrote on September 28th, 2010
  30. Where do we submit the entries?

    Toby wrote on September 28th, 2010
  31. Love this contest and Love to win this super cool Blender :)

    Ruksana Mohammed wrote on September 28th, 2010
  32. I tried to send it via the “contact” page, but have no idea if it went through.

    Mark, is there an email address where we send our recipe? Us newbies do need to know!

    Jackie wrote on September 28th, 2010
  33. My submission is ready,I just need to know where to send it. Mark, can you help? Thanks!

    ChrisG wrote on September 28th, 2010
  34. coconut cream pie

    jane jakins wrote on September 28th, 2010
  35. I have the winning recipe I just don’t know where, how to send it. How do we up load many photos and the recipe? Anybody?


    Jason Leonard wrote on September 29th, 2010
  36. I’m pretty sure its mark AT marksdailyapple DOT com.

    Sent in my recipes and am keeping my fingers crossed!!!

    FairyRae wrote on September 29th, 2010
  37. This has been the worst month not to have access to a kitchen!

    Pepper wrote on September 29th, 2010
  38. Is it too late?!

    Luke in Oz wrote on September 30th, 2010
    • Phew! Got 4 submissions in, ran out of coconut milk, saved me from myself, I think. Really would love a Vitamix!

      Kim wrote on September 30th, 2010
  39. Thank, I got it in to Mark at I wish good luck to all challengers!!!


    Jason Leonard wrote on October 1st, 2010
  40. I got my recipes in last night 5 minutes before the deadline! Good luck everyone, I hope he posts some of the submissions, it would be fun to see everyone’s.

    Megan wrote on October 1st, 2010

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