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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Potato Tastemakers 2K10 - I am a Tastemaker ala Iron Chef!

Hello Everyone...Today's secret ingredient is: POTATOES!

I am super excited to tell you about this great challenge that I am taking part in and heck ,you all know how much I love challenges (No, I am not talking about feeding my son) Remember 'Eating Your Words'?

At any rate, the Challenge is the 'Potato Tastemaker 2K10' and below are all the details from the 'Mom's Dinner Helper' site:

According to, a Tastemaker is “a person or thing that establishes or strongly influences what is considered to be stylish, acceptable, or worthwhile in a given sphere of interest, as the arts.” What do you get when you combine nine trend-setting Tastemakers with an endless supply of potatoes? Welcome to the our latest endeavor over at the United States Potato Board (USPB) . . . Potato Tastemaker 2K10.

Consider it an online challenged based loosely on the concept behind some of your favorite food-centric reality shows. Here’s what you need to know:

- The USPB has partnered with nine rock star bloggers across the country, who have officially been deemed the “Tastemaker” Challengers.

- The Tastemaker Challengers will participate in three potato challenges over three months, each with a different theme, spanning October, November and December.

- At the onset of each challenge, the Tastemaker Challengers will receive a mystery delivery with contents intended to be used in that round of competition.

- To show off their ultimate potato innovation skills, the Tastemaker will post videos on YouTube showcasing their creation for each challenge.

- A fan favorite will be selected based on the Tastemaker who garners the highest cumulative number of YouTube ranking over the three challenges.

After the third round, all nine (YES ALL NINE!) will join the USPB at Blissdom 2010 for a final Potato Tastemaker 2K10 round LIVE where the winning Tastemaker will be crowned. All Blissdom 10 conference attendees will be invited to join in the competition and the cocktail party celebration following.

We are thrilled to reveal that Challenge #1, “Potatoes Celebrate National Seafood Month,” is officially underway. The mystery delivery has been packaged and all nine boxes are en route to their Tastemaker Challengers. Soon, the challengers will be putting their potato innovation skills to the test using the box’s contents, a fresh seafood delivery from McCormick & Schmick’s , their imaginations and, of course, potatoes!

The boxes for round one have been shipped and are en route!

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you the stars of the show, in no particular order:
Lindsay from Rock and Roll Mama@rockandrollmama
Amy from Resourceful Mommy@resourcefulmom
Jennifer from Savor the Thyme -
Jim from Busy Dad Blog - @busydadblog
Rachel from A Southern Fairytale - @sthrnfairytale
Melanie E. from Modern Mami@modernmami
Melanie S. from MelaDramaticMommy@adramaticmommy
Jo Lynne from Musings of a Housewife@dcrmom
Jodi from Mom’s Favorite Stuff @jodigrundig

You can see all of their pictures along with the latest Potato happenings when you become a fan of our Facebook page!

While you are at, join in the Savor the Thyme Fan Page for updates as I work my way through this challenge.

Keep an eye on the hashtag #tastemaker on Twitter to follow the buzz.

I hope you take the time to watch the videos once they are loaded and vote for your favorite!

UPDATE: The boxes have arrived! Look at the Whrrl story here:


TheFitnessFreak said...

Go Jennifer! How fun! I can't wait tosee what you come up with : )

PJ Mullen said...

Very cool, Iron Chef and Chopped are the only two reality shows I watch. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with for these challenges.

Mommy Niri said...

I am so sure you will rock it Jen.

Mary said...

As they say in showbiz, "Break an egg!" :-). What fun you're going to have! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

Sharon - Mom Generations said...

I am looking forward to every step in this Potato Tastemakers 2K10 challenge! I'm going to be "rooting" for you all the way... !

Jen @ One Moms World said...

I'm going to be watching :)

Jamie said...

Mary is too funny (break an egg!) LOL! But this is super cool and I'll bet you'll have a blast. Look forward to following the adventure!

grumpy1970 said...

Best of luck! I'm so excited for you!

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