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The 1st Japan Eats Recipe Tournament

Welcome to the first ever Japan Eats Recipe Tournament, the 2010 Winter Olympics Edition.

With the 2010 Winter Olympic Games set to kick off in Vancouver on Friday, we here at Japan Eats have decided to give all of you gourmets, gourmands, foodies, epicures, and cooks out there a chance to compete alongside the athletes.

We’re looking for snack recipes – original, unusual, or little-known treats and tidbits of which you know, tweaks and twists on old favorites – from the fancy to the simple, fingerfoods to salsa, we want to see (and eat) what you’re cooking.

The Structure of the Tournament:

Round One: The Open Round. In this round, every submission is subject to voting; the purpose of the round is to pare down the entries to an easily divisible tournament number (16, for example.) When the round begins on February 12th, we will announce how many recipes will make into the tournament – these will be the top vote-getters. All other recipes will be eliminated.

For example, if we receive 50 recipes, 16 will enter the tournament and the other 34 will be eliminated.

Rounds Two and Up:
The Tournament. Recipes will be randomly paired up and placed head to head. The recipe that gets more votes goes on to the next round, the recipe that gets fewer votes is eliminated. Simple as that.

There will be Bronze Medal Round pitting the losers of the Semifinal Round against each other.

The Finalists will be made and eaten on camera by some of us here at Japan Eats. After the Final round produces a Champion, digital laurels and immense pride will be awarded to the winner.

Winner or not, everyone who enters will be encouraged to continue to submit recipes and reviews to the site.

The Submission Rules:

  1. Anyone can enter as many times as he or she would like, but all entries must be received by noon Japan Time (3:00 a.m. Friday GMT, 10:00 p.m. Thursday EDT) on Friday February 12, 2010. (We’re not going to be hard-as-nails about that, but anything not received by the time we post the contenders that afternoon has missed the deadline.)
  2. Entries should be original or at least not widely known. You may submit your mother’s kinpira-gobo or baklava recipe or your old roommate’s take on nachos, but please don’t submit a recipe you pulled off of BettyCrocker.com or the Food Network. It’s OK if you have published the recipe elsewhere previously.
  3. Entries may be of any style, but should be snack foods – edible with the hands and not requiring great effort to eat, so as to allow the eater to focus on the curling or cross country skiing on his or her TV.
  4. All qualifying recipes submitted to Japan Eats will be posted, made public, and placed in the public domain.
  5. Including a photo of your recipe helps, but is not required.
  6. We will attempt as many of the recipes as possible, so they’d better be easy to follow and good. Please don’t make us struggle through a labyrinth of arcane instructions only to arrive at indigestion. If you yourself like it, it’s probably good.  We’d like a clear list of ingredients, followed by a step-by-step procedure.
  7. Recipes must be submitted in either English or Japanese.

Send recipes to lovitt@japaneats.com.

The Voting Rules:

  1. All the entries will be listed on JapanEats.tv on Friday, February 12, 2010 and be immediately subject to voting.
  2. In the spirit of the Olympic Games, we ask everyone to vote, but only once per round. In reflection of the actuality of the Olympic Games, though, people from the United States, China, or the former Soviet bloc or who are doping can vote twice.
  3. All decisions regarding vote counting, winning, etc. will be made by the staff of Japan Eats and are final.

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