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Tillamook® Big Cheese Chef Competition

Greetings Chef! If you are based in the US or any US Territories: Register below for a chance to participate in The Tillamook® Big Cheese Chef Competition. In this recipe contest, competitors will be challenged to create an original creation showing off Tillamook® Cheddar Cheese for a chance to win some great cash prizes and Chef’s Roll Apparel items.

Just by registering to compete, you’ll be sent a coupon to get FREE Tillamook® Cheddar Cheese and automatically be entered for a chance to win $250.*


  1. Register by July 11th to participate in the recipe submission contest. [Registration now closed. You can still submit an entry even if you did not register in advance.]
  2. Show us your culinary creativity by crafting and photographing an inspiring recipe featuring premium Tillamook® Cheddar Cheese varieties.
  3. Submit your entry on this page by August 8.
  4. The judges will review all the entries and announce winners (including the sweepstakes winner) on or around August 17. The judges will be looking at the following criteria:
    • Cheese being the main/featured component of the dish
    • Taste appeal of the dish
    • Creativity
    • Plating/presentation/quality of image submitted

Looking for a little inspiration? Watch Mikel Anthony experiment in the Test Kitchen in the videos below.



Sweepstakes prize of $250 will be the result of a random drawing. The following prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges based on recipes submitted from July 19 to August 1.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive :

One Second Prize Winner will receive :

One Third Prize Winner will receive :


Founded by Farmers. Crafted for Foodservice. From dine-in to delivery or takeout, Tillamook® Foodservice is guided by the belief that everyone deserves real food that makes them feel good every day. That’s why we craft premium dairy products that deliver exceptional flavor and performance to your operation. Bring your menu to life with delicious dairy to elevate everyday dining.

When planning your recipe and considering which Tillamook® Cheddar Cheese you will use, keep in mind the following tasting notes:

Medium Cheddar

  • Rich and creamy, with pliable texture
  • Adds decadent richness when melted, melt is even and supple 
  • Milky, buttery notes and a salty tang 
  • Earthy complexity

Aged Cheddars

  • Bold, earthy and wild
  • Crumbly with delicate tyrosine crystals 
  • Rich, intense umami flavor
  • Will brown at high heat and/or long cooking 
  • Grate as a seasoning cheese

Smoked Cheddars

  • Deep and richly flavored
  • Adds decadent richness when melted 
  • Concentrated smoke flavoring 
  • Earthy, meaty complexity

Images courtesy Chef’s Roll and Tillamook®

Click here for full recipe contest rules