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Cooking Contest Central® (CCC) is the premier website and online community for cooking and recipe contest enthusiasts. This ever-growing, tight-knit community is the perfect place to promote your brand to a dedicated and passionate audience of creative food lovers and culinary industry influencers. A hub for cooking and recipe contests of all sizes, genres, and styles, Cooking Contest Central generates some 50,000 page views in an average month. And, with exposure to thousands via an active social media presence and weekly newsletter, the total reach is far beyond.

Who Are CCC Members?

  • Some 90% of members are women.
  • 96% of members classify themselves as avid home cooks.
  • They are spread equally throughout the regions of the country and hail from New York to California, Minnesota to Texas, Hawaii to Arkansas.

Trusted Voice

CCC Owner and CEO Kristina Vanni is a trusted, go-to resource for cooking and recipe contests – not to mention a seasoned and successful contester herself. CCC members trust Kristina to bring them the best of the best in contesting opportunities as well as the inside scoop on the contest industry.


Our newsletter is highly anticipated each week by CCC members (and we have the open rate to prove it!). The weekly newsletter includes all current contest information as well as alerts for contests with approaching deadlines, links to helpful blogs, and spotlight on recent winners. Additionally, advertisers have the opportunity to secure a dedicated section within our newsletter to promote their contests in a larger way. We are happy to provide samples to you for review.

Social Media

Not only are Cooking Contest Central and Kristina Vanni active and closely-followed on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube but our Cooking Contest Central members are too. They share their ideas and recipes as well as news of being a finalist – getting their networks to vote, and therefore driving traffic to your website. By engaging with CCC and its members, your brand will benefit from increased exposure on social media. The results? An increase in your followers, a heightened awareness of your brand and/or contest, as well as click throughs to your site and content.

Getting Involved

Whether hosting an exclusive contest for Cooking Contest Central members, sponsoring a blog post, having prime promotion in our popular newsletter, or activating a social media campaign, there are a myriad ways to work with CCC to accomplish our brand’s goals and we will work together to develop a unique campaign that exceeds your expectations.

Past Advertisers

Advertisers on Cooking Contest Central have included brands such as Dole, Truvia, Athens Foods, King’s Hawaiian, Stauffers, and Scharffen Berger Gourmet Chocolate, among others. Not only do CCC members love entering their contests, but they also look forward to learning more about their products and offerings – from time-honored classics to new product just hitting shelves.

Successful Statistics and Advertiser Feedback

Advertising with Cooking Contest Central has proven results in increasing the quantity and quality of contest entries, exposure to contests and brands, and social media chatter. Of the consistent positive feedback we receive from advertisers, here’s what one advertiser had to say:

“The results are in for the month our ads ran on your site, in your blog and newsletter.  We not only saw a 65% increase in recipe submissions, but the recipes we received were higher in quality with more photography included and more creative detail in the recipes themselves.”

Cooking Contest Consulting

Cooking contest connoisseur Kristina Vanni is available to work with your brand on a consultant basis to help create the most successful contest and content possible. Inquire with Kristina for more details.