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PLANT-ain Based MIC Food Contest


You’ve heard about plant-based cooking, but now it’s time for plant-ain based cooking! In honor of National Plantain Month, we’re partnering with Big Banana® Plantain Products from MIC Food® to present a unique opportunity to US-based chefs to win some incredible prizes simply by cooking with plantain: Register before Oct 27th to enter for a chance to receive a sample of Big Banana Plantains. [Registration now closed] 75 US-based registrants will be chosen to compete to win some incredible prizes!


  1. Registration – October 18 – 27 | FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW NOW FOR A CHANCE TO COMPETE
  2. Shipping – November 4 – 10 | If you are selected to compete, wait to receive your free sample!
  3. Submissions – November 11 – 24  | Use your sample to make a showstopping dish, then submit it online and post on social media! (Plant-based cooking encouraged but not required.)
  4. Judging and Announcement –  The dishes that wow our judges the most will be announced on November 26th!

Full Rules here



Our Grand Prize Winner will be taking home a MASSIVE prize: A brand new 20 quart Planetary Mixer from Waring Commercial‘s new Luna Series (Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $1779.00. Bring one of these home and you’ll be the legend of the kitchen!

The grand prize winner will also receive a fine new blade from Cangshan’s Thomas Keller Signature Collection (ARV $200). Stay sharp, friends!
Two people will be selected as runners up. Each one will get a brand new knife from Cangshan as well as some Chef’s Roll swag.
All entries will be viewable in a public gallery where anyone can vote. The cook whose dish that gets the most votes will win a Chef’s Roll prize pack, containing a Chef’s Roll embroidered ballcap and more.


[Registration closed]

All registrants agree to abide by the official rules.


To get a taste of what plantain dishes you can creating using Big Banana Plantains, watch out the video below to see our very own Chef Mikel Anthony‘s Plant-ain Based dish. And don’t forget to check out the hashtag #BigBananaPlantainMonth2018 on Instagram to see all the amazing dishes submitted in last year’s competition! 


Big Banana® is partnered with national and international food distributors, retailers, restaurant chains, schools, brokers, and food manufacturers to deliver a consistent supply of ready-to-eat, frozen ripe and green plantain products.
Big Banana® frozen value-added products come prepared ready-to-heat and serve:

  • Saving chefs time & costs on preparation of product (products come pre-cooked and formed in a variety of different cuts perfect for your use (bias cut slices, rounds, mashes for sauces, whole baked for ripe products).
  • Cost of Waste product: 100% Yield
  • Long shelf life: Use what you need only
  • 100% Natural: No preservatives, additives or artificial ingredient
  • Gluten Free
  • Kosher
  • Available through most national foodservice distributors. To find one in your neighborhood, please contact: info@micfood.com


Big Banana® wants people to know there’s a common misconception that fresh produce is better than frozen produce. They maintain that their frozen fruits and vegetables are packed with nutritional value, sometimes greater than that of fresh produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables in the grocery store are often picked before they’ve peaked in ripeness, and their taste and nutritional content can plummet significantly within days.
With Big Banana®  frozen produce, however, fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak, then immediately frozen to preserve an incredibly delicious, nutrient-rich state. Frozen produce like plantains can be kept and used over a long period of time with very little decrease in nutritional value, quality, or taste.
Frozen fruits and vegetables are also more practical and convenient. When purchased frozen, MIC Food® has already done the work of washing, peeling, cutting and if necessary, removing pits and seeds. What you buy is typically 100% usable produce, saving you time and money, plus there are no surprises with spoiled or damaged product under the skin.
The assertion that frozen produce is often better than the items that grocery stores promote as “fresh” is not an overstatement. To learn more about frozen food facts, visit the Frozen Food Foundation.

Good luck chefs, and thanks for celebrating the #BigBananaPlantainBased Contest with us!