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September 27, 2010

Contest: Primal Iron Chef

By Mark Sisson
56 Comments

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.

Guidelines:

  • 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:

Everyone.

Fine Print:

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

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56 Comments on "Contest: Primal Iron Chef"

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mattyt
mattyt
5 years 11 months ago

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

Theresa
Theresa
5 years 11 months ago

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

musajen
musajen
5 years 11 months ago

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!

gilliebean
5 years 11 months ago

Oooo! I can think I can do this one!! Yay!!

naiadknight
naiadknight
5 years 11 months ago

Hmmmm…. Ideas, Ideas…. Which one to use?

Jason
Jason
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Ed
Ed
5 years 11 months ago

Can we do a video??

Mia
Mia
5 years 11 months ago

So excited! I think I have a recipe involving coconut, and oh my gosh I’ve wanted a Vitamix since Grok walked the earth!
Yeehaw=)

misathemeb
5 years 11 months ago

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!

mattyt
mattyt
5 years 11 months ago

i just got mine on friday, refurb and all. Love it.

Adam Crafter
Adam Crafter
5 years 11 months ago

I’ve had one for a decade, and it just keeps working great!

Taylor
Taylor
5 years 11 months ago

That blender is so.. beautiful. I may need to try this.

Mademoiselle
Mademoiselle
5 years 11 months ago

MMMMM! I love coconut!

How many times can we enter?

stephen
stephen
5 years 11 months ago

I better learn to cook with coconut…quick! I’ve wanted a vitamix for a while now.

Julia
5 years 11 months ago

Can we do multiple submissions?

Maya
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Heather
Heather
5 years 11 months ago

Can’t wait! I have a great one for this! 😀

Maya
5 years 11 months ago

Not as good as mine Muhaha LMAO Good luck everybody. Let the games begin 😉

runningjay
runningjay
5 years 11 months ago

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!

Kyle
Kyle
5 years 11 months ago

Man, I need more free time. Work is to insane this time of year.

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 11 months ago

How do we email you?

Lisa
Lisa
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Primal Toad
5 years 11 months ago

I just might enter this contest! I do have a recipe that calls for coconut _____….

Kim
Kim
5 years 11 months ago

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.

gilliebean
5 years 11 months ago

Do we submit a word.doc and photos as separate attachments? Or a PDF with photos embedded? Which would you prefer?

Innovative Healthcare
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Rachel
Rachel
5 years 11 months ago

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…

Luke in Oz
Luke in Oz
5 years 11 months ago

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?

Cheers,

Luke

Maria
Maria
5 years 11 months ago

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 🙂

Luke in Oz
Luke in Oz
5 years 11 months ago

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!

😉

hiker
hiker
5 years 11 months ago

Dang – I’m far, far away from my Vita mix and home this week. GL to E1.

Tays
3 years 9 months ago

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.

pj
pj
5 years 11 months ago

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.

Megan
5 years 11 months ago

Woohoo! I’ve already been experimenting with my coconut creations!

Adam
Adam
5 years 11 months ago

I have entered my recipe! Good luck everyone!

El
5 years 11 months ago

I think I was made for this one 🙂

Toby
Toby
5 years 11 months ago

Where do we submit the entries?

Ruksana Mohammed
Ruksana Mohammed
5 years 11 months ago

Love this contest and Love to win this super cool Blender 🙂

Jackie
Jackie
5 years 11 months ago

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!

ChrisG
ChrisG
5 years 11 months ago

My submission is ready,I just need to know where to send it. Mark, can you help? Thanks!

jane jakins
jane jakins
5 years 11 months ago

coconut cream pie

Jason Leonard
Jason Leonard
5 years 11 months ago

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?

Thanks
J

FairyRae
FairyRae
5 years 11 months ago

I’m pretty sure its mark AT marksdailyapple DOT com.

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

Pepper
Pepper
5 years 11 months ago

This has been the worst month not to have access to a kitchen!

Luke in Oz
Luke in Oz
5 years 11 months ago

Is it too late?!

Kim
Kim
5 years 11 months ago

Phew! Got 4 submissions in, ran out of coconut milk, saved me from myself, I think. Really would love a Vitamix!

Jason Leonard
Jason Leonard
5 years 11 months ago

Thank, I got it in to Mark at Marksdailyapple.com. I wish good luck to all challengers!!!

Jason

Megan
5 years 11 months ago

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.

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Katherine
5 years 11 months ago

What a fun contest!!! I agree that it would be fun to see what others have entered, as I really had fun myself creating the recipe for this! Love this website as well, feeling more “Primal” and loving it! 🙂

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