Master-at-Miso Recipe Contest

May 12, 2014 in Events and Contests

Master-at-Miso Recipe Contest

The Challenge

Miso Ahoy!
At Trader Joe’s, we’ve gone gung ho for miso. Our fervor for fermented soybean paste led to the creation of our very own Mild Yellow Miso. It’s thick, umami-rich and conducts flavor and texture with deliberate grace. Along the way, it contributes significant protein (the complete kind) and other beneficial enzymes naturally found in fermented foods. It’s more than a seasoning. It’s a way of navigating. (Read more)

The Master-at-Miso Recipe Contest
That brings us to the point – we are on the look-out for a Trader Joe’s Master-at-Miso! If you know the ropes when it comes to Miso, then it could be you. Demonstrate your tact in an inspired recipe that showcases Trader Joe’s Mild Yellow Miso. From appetizers to desserts, veggies to meats, soups to sauces... the potential for innovative ingredient pairing – with Mild Yellow Miso – is abundant. Check out our Guidelines below to learn what it takes to become the first ever Trader Joe’s Master-at-Miso.

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1. Your Master-at-Miso Recipe must be an original creation that uses up to seven Trader Joe’s products only. Binders (flour, butter, eggs…), oils and seasonings (salt, pepper, oregano…) must be included as part of your seven ingredients. All recipes must be the original work of the entrant and not previously published. Recipes must not infringe on the copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. (We have to say it...)

2. Trader Joe's Mild Yellow Miso must be used as one of your seven ingredients.

3. Recipes must take 30 minutes or less for preparation; the actual cooking can take longer.

4. To be fair to all of our chefs under the age of 21, the use of alcohol is not allowed in Master-at-Miso Recipes.

5. Only one recipe entry per person will be accepted.

6. The contest begins on May 12, 2014 and ends on May 27, 2014. All entries must be received by 11:59pm PST on May 27, 2014.

Please note: Trader Joe’s does not purchase recipes. All entries become the property of Trader Joe’s and by submitting your recipe to us, you are acknowledging permission for Trader Joe’s to use and publish this recipe on and to edit it for brevity and clarity.

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How To Enter

To enter, send an e-mail to, with your recipe name as the subject line. In the body of the e-mail please list the following:

•  List of ingredients and measurements (7 ingredients maximum, including TJ's Mild Yellow Miso)
•  Cooking instructions written as concisely as possible
•  Total time to prepare (must be 30 minutes or less, cooking time not included)
•  Number of servings
•  Your first and last name

Please do not include attachments or photos in your e-mail.

You will receive an auto-reply once your recipe has been submitted.

Be the first to know about the finalists, the voting procedures and the winning recipes by signing up to receive the Trader Joe's E-Newsletter.

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Every Master-at-Miso Recipe will be evaluated first by the Trader Joe’s Recipe Review Panel on the following recipe elements:
•  Innovation: Is the recipe original? How unique are the ingredient pairings?
•  Feasibility: How easy is the preparation? Does the recipe require uncommon cooking equipment? Is the recipe written in a clear and concise manner?
•  Visual Appeal: How does the plate look? Is it colorful and appetizing?
•  Taste: Is this recipe a keeper? Would you make it again?

The Master-at-Miso Recipe Finalists will be selected by the TJ's Recipe Review Panel for further judging by our Trader Joe’s customers (to be announced in our next eNewsletter), who will cast their votes for the three Master-at-Miso Recipe Winners.

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Winners and Rewards

A total of three Winners will be selected. The Master-at-Miso Winner will be awarded a $100 Trader Joe's Gift Card. The Master-at-Miso First Runner-Up will be awarded a $50 Trader Joe's Gift Card. The Master-at-Miso Second Runner-Up will be awarded a $25 Trader Joe's Gift Card. All winners will have their names and recipes published on the Trader Joe's website! All winners will also receive a hip reusable bag and a super special surprise (something unique to Trader Joe’s… Curious? Submit a recipe!).

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