Del Monte Announces Final Contest Winners

del-monteGrand prize winner receives Culinary Institute Retreat.

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc. (Del Monte) has announced its final of four weekly aspiring chef winners for its “Find Your Inner Chef” online contest.

The fourth and final winner is Gisele Rainville, from Drummondville, Quebec Canada. Rainville moves on to the final round and will be competing at the Cook Off Challenge in Miami, Fla. along with three other finalists.

“Congratulations to our final weekly winner, Gisele Rainville,” said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing, North America for Del Monte. “Gisele’s winning breakfast recipe, Scones Ananas / Canneberges (Pineapple Cranberry Scones) using Del Monte fresh pineapple is a complement to our chef contest. Her breakfast scones not only demonstrate her creativity, but also a great way to incorporate fresh fruit in tasty breakfast pastries. Gisele will have the opportunity to show off her special skills in Miami as she competes against three other finalists for the grand prize.”

The “Find Your Inner Chef” contest encouraged consumers to participate in a fun and fresh culinary experience by creating or using their favorite recipe with Del Monte fresh fruits and vegetables. Online participants were able to earn daily prizes, including retail gift cards, culinary kitchen tools, and tabletop appliances.

“I’m honored and excited to be the final weekly winner,” said Rainville. “My passion is in pastries, so my Pineapple Cranberry Scones is always a special treat. When deciding which Del Monte fresh fruit to use in my recipe, the pineapple was my first choice because they’re so fresh and juicy. I have no formal culinary skills, but learned how to bake from my mother. My goal is to win the Cook Off so I may attend the institute to gain valuable culinary skills to continue my passion in pastry baking. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for my recipe!”

All four finalist wins were the result of appeal of the recipe, use of Del Monte Products and the number of  “likes” and tweets through social media. Del Monte will announce the Cook Off winner nationally, and in their hometown.

The “Find Your Inner Chef” contest launched April 15 and culminates with the Cook Off on June 15, 2013 in Miami, Fla. For additional details about the contest, log onto, and don’t forget to join us on Twitter (delmontefresh) to find out who wins the “Find Your Inner Chef” title and the Grand Prize trip to a Culinary Institute Retreat.




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