Dear Bacon Nation:

We here at Baconfest Chicago headquarters are pleased to announce the 9 semi-finalists competing for 5 finalist slots in the Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats Baconfest Chicago 2014 AMATEUR COOK-OFF.  I must say, the recipes look AWESOME!

Their recipes are below, all with photo documentation.  Please utilize our swanky new FACEBOOK based polling system and VOTE for your favorite recipe.

Click here to vote

All votes must be received by next Tuesday March 18th at 5pm central time.  Shortly thereafter, we will announce the 5 finalists each to receive two free tickets to Baconfest Chicago 2012.

Thanks Nation.  And thanks to all those who took the time to submit.

How to VOTE:

Please read carefully:  click here to visit our Facebook voting app, give the app permission to access your Facebook profile (if you haven’t already), select your favorite recipe and submit the vote.  It’ll ask you to “Like” the Baconfest Chicago page if you haven’t already.  Then you can review the results by clicking on button marked “View Results”.

Here are the rules for voting:

  • One vote per person.
  • You must “Like” the Baconfest Chicago page to vote.
  • Votes must be submitted by 5:00 PM Central on Tuesday March 18.
  • Votes can only be submitted through the Polls for Facebook app.
  • Users on mobile devices may vote in the app on their mobile web browsers.

If you haven’t already, click here to purchase tickets to the Friday Dinner Session of Baconfest to see the winner receive their Golden Rasher!


Here are the nine semifinalists:

1. Jordan Curelo – “Trough Trash”

2. Cynthia Flamm – Apple Bacon Crunch Cake with Maple Bacon Toffee Glaze

3. Joe “Goz” Gosselin – Chorizo Pork Belly BLT on Bacon Cheddar Waffle

4. Alexa Hara – PIG MIX

5. Barbara Miller – Bacon & Eggs Maki

6. Erick Neu – Triple Bacon Tilapia Tortillas

7. Hipolito Sanchez – Habañero Candied Bacon Smoked Salmon Ceviche

8. Judith Singer – Bacon Florentine Sandwich Cookie

9. Diane Tesmer – Baconized Poutine