Published online: Feb 01, 2008 Alan Harman
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The United States Potato Board wants professional chefs to show off their state's unique cuisine-and their favorite potato dish-by entering its 50 States of Potato Recipe Contest.

The grand winner will get a trip to Napa Valley to attend the World's of Flavor Conference at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, Calif., in November.

The first prizewinner will receive $500, the second prizewinner $250 and the winner from each state will have a recipe featured on USPB's food service website.

"We want to get people thinking of new healthful potato offerings for their menus," a spokesman says.

The board is expecting several hundred entries.

It says the winning recipes will be those that best showcase the versatile potato in the entrant's home state's cuisine. Recipes will be judged on their regional flare, creativity and originality, taste and presentation.

Entries are due no later than May 31.