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A food-centric trip to NYC, cash and dinner with Flay: All yours with the winning recipe in Cook Street School of Fine Cooking's recipe contest

This summer, Cook Street School of Fine Cooking, 1937 Market Street, celebrates ten years of teaching idiots, pretenders, professionals, iconoclasts and everyone in between the tricks and tools of the cooking trade. To mark the anniversary, it's holding a series of events, including a recipe contest (in conjunction with the Food Network) that comes with a pretty cool prize package for the last cook standing.

Here's what you need to know to enter: Submit an original recipe using no more than 10 ingredients, excluding salt and pepper, by July 5 to, at which time a panel of judges will no doubt sift their way through a gazillion tuna casserole calamities before eventually choosing four finalists,all of whom will be invited to the Cook Street kitchen for a live cook-off on July 24, which will be open for public heckling and cheerleading. 

All four finalists will leave with schwag (Weber grill, Cook Street cooking class certificates, Food Network cookware), but the first-place finisher will walk away with a three day/two night rendezvous in New York, bunking at the swank Carlton hotel on Madison Avenue, plus a thousand bucks in cash and a $200 gift certificate to Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill, which I would personally chuck, unless I could just use it at the bar for alcohol. Instead, I'd start saving my nickles right now for dinner at Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin, the restaurant where Jason Sheehan had "the greatest meal of my life."