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“Charleston Cooks” The Charleston Magazine Recipe Contest & Cook-off


The “‘Get Cooking Charleston’ The Charleston Magazine Recipe Contest & Cook-off” (“Contest”) is open to legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Employees of Gulfstream Communications (the “Sponsor”), and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, franchises, retailers, distributors (collectively, “Contest Entities”), and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each, and those employed full-time as a professional restaurant chef or caterer are not eligible to enter or win. Contest governed by U.S. law. Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited by law. Sponsor: Charleston Magazine, aka Gulfstream Communications, 782 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite C, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

How to Enter the Contest:
Visit and click onto the Contest logo or go to Follow all instructions to complete the official entry form, including selecting the category for your recipe and submitting your personal recipe. All Entries must be received between 12:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") on July 1, 2010 and 11:59 PM ET on September 13, 2010 (the "Contest Entry Period"). The contact information (i.e., name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, etc.) provided by each entrant during the Contest’s entry process shall serve as the contact information of record in respect of all communications with each entrant. Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void. Limit: One (1) Entry per person in each category. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, Entry will be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, damaged or misdirected Entries. All Entries and materials submitted become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.

Requirements for Entry:
Entrant represents and warrants: (i) all elements of the recipes are original and do not incorporate materials not owned or created by entrant, are not copied from any other work, and do not infringe upon the rights of any third party; (ii) use by the Sponsor of the Recipes as granted herein will not give rise to any claims of infringement, invasion of privacy or publicity, or infringe on any rights or interests of any third party, or give rise to any claims for any payment whatsoever.

Ownership/Use of Entries:
Entrants retain ownership of the Recipes they submit, however, by entering Entrants waive all moral rights in the Recipes and grant Contest Entities the perpetual, fully-paid, irrevocable, non-exclusive license to reproduce, distribute, display, exhibit, transmit, and otherwise use, and permit others to use and publish throughout the world the Recipes in any manner, form, or format now or hereinafter created, including on the Internet, and for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising or promotion of Contest Entities and Contest Entities' goods and/or services, all without further consent from or payment to entrant or any other third party. Sponsor reserves the right to post the Recipes on the Sponsor’s Website but Sponsor has no obligation to post or publish any Recipe and any such publication or postings will be in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor does not have now, nor shall have in the future, any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of any copyright in and to Entrant's Entry. In the event of any dispute or potential dispute regarding the Entry or Entrant or any third party, the Entry may be disqualified in Sponsor’s sole discretion. The Sponsor may publish an Entry or a portion of the Entry submitted by entrants. If an Entry or a portion of your Entry is selected for publication, it does not imply that it is a winning Entry in this Contest nor does it create a confidential relationship between entrant and the Sponsor or any of its respective affiliates or subsidiaries. Entering this Contest constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use an entrant’s name, hometown, likeness and photograph (all at Sponsor’s discretion) for future advertising, publicity in any and all media (including online posting) now or hereafter devised throughout the world in perpetuity, without additional compensation, notification or permission.

This Contest consists of two rounds of judging.
Round 1 – Recipe Review:
Judging for each category will be conducted by a panel of culinary professionals who are experts in the field of home cooking and entertaining as well as personnel from Charleston magazine. The panel’s decisions are final and binding. All eligible Entries will be judged based on the judging criteria in these Official Rules. The top two (2) Entries will advance to Round 2 (Cook-off) as Finalist Entries (“Finalist”).
Round 2 – The Cookoff:
Two (2) Finalists in each category will compete in the Cook-off event on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus, where Finalists will prep their ingredients and then compete in rounds during the head-to-head Cook-off in two categories (Entrée & Side Dish) and taste-off for the Appetizer & Dessert categories. Finalists must be present to compete and win. Finalists in the Entrée and Side Dish categories  will cook their recipes according to the ingredient list and method originally supplied within the allotted time of 30 minutes. The Finalists in the Appetizer & Dessert categories will prepare their recipe onsite but not in 30-minute cookoff format. All dishes will then be judged by a panel of qualified culinary experts based on the judging criteria in these Official Rules to determine the winning Entry in each category. The Entry with the highest score at the end of the Round 2, as determined by the judges in their sole discretion, will be declared the winner of the Contest (“Winner”) in each category. If a Finalist in any category is unable to be present at the Cook-off on Saturday, October 23, 2010, the next runner up in that category will be selected. Ingredients as designated by the Finalists’ Recipe Entries will be provided by the Sponsor. If an ingredient is not readily available and substitutions are needed, the Sponsor will call the Entrant, who may decide to furnish designated ingredient(s) or agree to an available substitute. Finalists are responsible for any additional expenses, including travel and/or accommodations.

Judging Criteria:
Recipes will judged based on (i) inclusion and use of stipulated ingredient(s), (ii) originality, (iii) ease of preparation for home cooks, and (iv) ability to cook dish in under 30 minutes (only for Entrée and Side Dish categories).
Final Dishes will be judged based on (i) inclusion and use of stipulated ingredient(s), (ii) originality, (iii) ease of preparation for home cooks, (iv) ability to cook dish in under 30 minutes (only for Entrée and Side Dish categories), (v) presentation, (vi), and taste.

One (1) Winner in each category will be included in an editorial feature in Charleston magazine, an online video feature, as well as additional prizes to be determined by Sponsor.

One (1) Grand Prize of $500 will be awarded to the Finalist with the highest overall score.

Finalist Notification:
Finalists will be notified by phone and/or e-mail on or about Friday, September 24, 2010 and will be required to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release and Publicity Release (collectively, “Release”) within seven (7) days of date specified on notification. If Finalists does not respond to the Winner notification by any of the preceding methods (if Winner is notified via email, an email will be sent three (3) times over a seven (7) day period), or if a potential Finalists does not return the executed Release within seven (7) days, or if said e-mail and/or mail is returned as undeliverable, or if Finalists is otherwise found to be ineligible, or if the selected Finalists cannot be present for the Cook-off Event for any reason, the Finalists will forfeit the Competition and the entrant with the next highest scoring Entry will be determine the alternate Finalists. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify the notification procedures in connection with the selection of an alternate Winner, if any.  Acceptance of Prize constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use Winner's name, prize won, hometown and likeness for online posting and promotional purposes without further compensation.

Entrants agree to these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges and the Sponsor, and on their behalf, and on behalf of their respective heirs, executors, administrators, legal representatives, successors and assigns (“Releasing Parties”), release, defend and hold harmless the Contest Entities, as well as the employees, officers, directors and agents of each (“Released Parties”), from any and all actions, causes of action, suits, debts, dues, sums of money, accounts, reckonings, bonds, bills, specialties, covenants, contracts, controversies, agreements, promises, variances, trespasses, lost profits, indirect or direct damages, consequential damages, incidental damages, punitive or exemplary damages, judgments, extent, executions, claims and demands whatsoever, in law, admiralty or equity, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen, against Released Parties which any one or more of the Releasing Parties ever had, now have or hereafter can, shall or may have which in any way arise out of or result from entrant’s participation, acceptance and use or misuse of prize, including any travel related activities. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Contest as contemplated herein by any event beyond its control, including but not limited to fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, terrorist threat or activity, war (declared or undeclared) or any federal, state, or local government law, order, or regulation, or order of any court or other cause not within Sponsor’s control or concerns regarding the safety of any Winner or travel companion, Sponsor shall have the right to modify, suspend, extend or terminate the Contest. Entrants assume all liability for any injury, including death or damage caused or claimed to be caused, by participation in this Contest or use or redemption of prize. This Contest shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of South Carolina, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions.

Entrants hereby agree that any and all disputes, claims, causes of action, or controversies (“Claims”) arising out of or in connection with this Contest shall be resolved by arbitration pursuant to this provision and the code of procedures of either the National Arbitration Forum (“NAF”) or the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), as selected by the entrant. IF ARBITRATION IS CHOSEN BY ANY PARTY WITH RESPECT TO A CLAIM, NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO LITIGATE THAT CLAIM IN COURT OR HAVE A JURY TRIAL ON THAT CLAIM. FURTHER, NEITHER SPONSOR NOR ENTRANT WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN A REPRESENTATIVE CAPACITY ON BEHALF OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC OR OTHER PERSONS SIMILARLY SITUATED, OR AS A MEMBER OF ANY CLASS OF CLAIMANTS PERTAINING TO ANY CLAIM SUBJECT TO ARBITRATION. EXCEPT AS SET FORTH BELOW, THE ARBITRATOR’S DECISION WILL BE FINAL AND BINDING. NOTE THAT OTHER RIGHTS THAT ENTRANT WOULD HAVE IF ENTRANT WENT TO COURT ALSO MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ARBITRATION. ANY CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND/OR AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS CONTEST. ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ANY RIGHTS OR CLAIMS TO ATTORNEY’S FEES, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ENTRANT, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR NOT AND WHETHER BASED ON NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE. The arbitrator’s authority to resolve Claims is limited to Claims between Sponsor and entrant alone, and the arbitrator’s authority to make awards is limited to awards to Sponsor and entrant alone. Furthermore, claims brought by either party against the other may not be joined or consolidated in arbitration with Claims brought by or against any third party, unless agreed to in writing by all parties. No arbitration award or decision will have any preclusive effect as to issues or claims in any dispute with anyone who is not a named party to the arbitration. Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement and without waiving either party’s right to appeal such decision, should any portion of this provision be deemed invalid or unenforceable, then the entire provision (other than this sentence) shall not apply. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Contest or in the announcement of prize. Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass Entries or Entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void. The Sponsor is not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged, or illegible Entries; (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of Entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive Entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in the Contest, or (iv) the failure of any third party to comply with the instructions and proper administration of this Contest. By participating in the Contest, entrants (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and Judges, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification from the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right to: permanently disqualify from any contest it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and terminate the Contest if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Contest), or to determine Winner from among all eligible Entries received prior to termination. LEGAL WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN INDIVIDUAL, WHETHER OR NOT AN ENTRANT, TO DELIBERATELY INTERFERE WITH THE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST, IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL & CIVIL LAWS AND SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND DILIGENTLY PURSUE ALL REMEDIES AGAINST ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

By entering this Contest, the information entrants provide may be shared with promotional partners identified in this promotion as well as other select business partners to provide entrants with offers that may be of interest.