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Life-Or-Death Recipe Challenge Winners

A few months ago, we partnered up with Spiceology to host a cooking contest like no other – The Life-Or-Death Recipe Challenge! We asked chefs to create delicious no-salt, low-fat recipes utilizing Spiceology’s latest salt-free line for the millions of Americans that live with kidney disease and have a restricted diet.  These dishes will be selected to be included in an eCookbook of salt-free and low-fat dishes that will be available through Recipes that pass the National Kidney Foundation’s CKD diet certification will be made available on the National Kidney Foundation website as well. 

Though hundreds of recipes will be featured in the salt-free cookbook, 10 talented chefs will also be featured on the cover of the recipe book as well as win gift cards to Spiceology. One of these finalists will take home the Grand Prize – a True Cooks knife roll,  $300 to Spiceology and a custom Nora Knife.

Scroll below to check out the top 10 finalists and Grand Prize winner, and keep an eye out for the Salt-Free eCookbook coming soon! For now, you can see all of the amazing recipes created for this one of a kind contest at the hashtag #LifeOrDeathRecipe on Instagram.


The Grand Prize Winner will receive a True Cooks knife roll, a $300 gift card to Spiceology, a Nora Knife and their photo on the cover of the recipe book.

 Chef Duane Ward

Chicken empanadas with chimichurri verde and shaved seasonal veggies featuring Chile Margarita Salt-Free Seasoning and Guac and Roll Salt-Free Seasoning


These 9 finalists will have their photos on the cover of the recipe book and receive a $100 gift card to Spiceology.

Chef Keoni Simmons

Skirt Steak Salad
Steak and Bake Salt-Free Blend, mesclun salad, heirloom cherry tomatoes, watermelon radish

Chef Krista Towns

Pan seared Lemon Pepper sablefish with tomato fregola and roasted garlic sauce featuring Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Salt-Free Seasoning

Chef Suraj Jolly

Colors and flavors of India on a plate. Constructed plate with Aloo tikka chilly chaat, chutneys, lentil sev and boondi, onion and tomato, grilled paneer tikka and garnishes featuring Tandoori Glory, Purple Haze, Mango Tango, Guac and Roll, Chile Margarita and Black Magic Salt-Free Seasonings!

Chef Norbert Bomm

Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Salt-Free Seasoning panko crusted tuna steak, roasted red pepper, eggplant pilaf

Chef Chris Bugher

Purple Haze and Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme Salt-Free Seasoning butternut squash with harissa and snap peas

Chef Travis Peters 

Pan seared Verlasso salmon with Purple Haze beet mole, toasted Everything Bagel salt-free blend and Mango Tango cauliflower rice

Chef Anthony Gans

Grilled Mexican street corn featuring El Taco Salt-Free Seasoning


Chefs Christopher Morrill & Santiago Reyes

Loaded Mango Chile lime jackfruit flautas

Chef Courtney Wright

Black Magic Salt-Free Seasoning chicken salad