Fisher Nuts, Elgin, IL, recently kicked off its third annual “My Fresh Twist” Recipe Contest. Home chefs from across the country are invited, through Oct. 20, to submit their original recipe using Fisher pecans, walnuts or almonds to for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to New York, $500 in spending money and a meet-and-greet with Food Network chef Alex Guarnaschelli at her restaurant, Butter.

“My favorite part of this contest is the inspiration I get from all of the original entries,” says Guarnaschelli. “It is so fun to see the creative ways that people put fresh twists on traditional classics. I particularly love when our contestants showcase Fisher nuts as an integral part of their recipe, rather than simply featuring the nuts as a topping!”

The top 20 entries will be professionally photographed and showcased on, where Fisher fans and their friends and families will be able to vote for the top three recipes from Nov. 3–17. Guarnaschelli and a panel of judges will select the grand prize winner from the three finalists. Recipes will be judged on their originality, integration of nuts, taste and visual appeal.

This year’s winning recipe will also be featured on the Fisher Nuts website, social media pages and in local and national news publications. The grand prize winner will be announced the first week of December.

Nineteen finalists will receive a $100 Visa gift card, an autographed Chef Alex cookbook and a Fisher Nuts sample pack. Forty random weekly winners will also win a Chef Alex cookbook and a Fisher Nuts sample pack. For more information, rules and regulations, visit