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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                      October 15, 2015
Contact: Robbie Westgard                                     Email:
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BC Ambrosia Growers Announces the

MORE Orchard to Table Recipe Contest

Original Recipes Can Win Fabulous Breville Prizes

(KELOWNA, BC) — The BC Ambrosia Growers are challenging home cooks everywhere to present their most original, delicious and healthy Ambrosia apple recipes for a chance to win culinary prizes from Breville. The MORE Orchard to Table Recipe contest opened on October 14 and runs until December 11, 2015, and is an encore to the successful Orchard to Table Recipe contest, which ran in the Fall of 2013.

“We were delighted by the overwhelming response to our debut Orchard to Table recipe contest,” explains Bruce Currie, president of the New Tree Fruit Varieties Development Council. “We appreciated the myriad of ways that home cooks brought Ambrosia apples from the orchard to the table, and are grateful for the inspiration of so many.“

Contestants are welcome to enter as many recipes as they like during the contest period online at by uploading their recipe and photo along with their contact information. Each recipe must be original and feature Ambrosia apples as the star of the dish.

At contest close, a panel of judges will determine the top three dishes, which will be prepared, as instructed by the recipe, by students in the culinary arts program at Okanagan College. The judges will then determine the first, second, and third best dishes based on the following criteria: Creativity (25%), Taste (30%), Presentation (20%), Use of local ingredients (12%), and Healthiness (13%).

There are three judges for the MORE Orchard to Table contest. Chef Stuart Klassen has been in the gastronomic industry for more than 30 years. He is currently an instructor of Culinary Arts at Okanagan college, where his enthusiasm and experience shapes the young chefs in the program. Considered by some to be a pioneer of the farm to table movement, Chef Bernard Casavant remains committed to supporting local farmers and producers, while nurturing new and local talent as culinary manager for Okanagan College. Bobbie Currie was one of the pioneers behind the Ambrosia variety. She loves cooking with apples, especially Ambrosias, and proudly serves the 2013 Orchard to Table contest winning recipe of German Apple Cake to her guests on a regular basis. All are passionate about fresh ingredients, local fare, and of course, Ambrosia apples and their versatility.

The winners will be announce online and awarded one of three fantastic culinary prizes from the exclusive prize sponsor, Breville.

FIRST PRIZE: Breville Sous Chef 12 Plus Food Processor.

SECOND PRIZE: Breville Smart Oven Pro.

THIRD PRIZE: Breville Handy Mix Scraper.

The The MORE Orchard to Table Recipe contest opened at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 and closes at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Friday, December 11, 2015. Only entries received by the Sponsor within the Contest Period will be eligible to win. Contest details, along with a complete list of rules and regulations are available at

About Ambrosia Apples

Ambrosia apples were discovered in the Mennells’ orchard in the sun-drenched Similkameen Valley of British Columbia in the early 1990s. Workers in the orchard picked and tasted the bi-coloured apples from a lone tree and found it to be unlike the others in the orchard. The fruit was so good they stripped the tree clean.

The new variety of apple was named Ambrosia, which in Greek mythology means food of the gods. The Ambrosia apple was registered in 1993 and over the past 20 years, it has grown in popularity and is now available for purchase worldwide. Ambrosia is a low-acid apple, which makes it easier for kids and older people to digest, it is slow to brown and is great in salads, baking and main dishes.

More info at

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