Recipes, videos, and more good stuff to get your kids cooking
The 2016 BEN'S BEGINNERS™ Cooking Contest launches on August 20th with big prizes and fun, interactive cooking lesson you can take with your kids. It's easy to enter—just choose a lesson, learn cooking skills, cook with your kids and upload a photo. Come back soon and get started!
In 2015 we went all out to communicate our mission: teaching your kids to cook is as important as teaching them to read and write. This video shows how our message made a big impact on families and schools across the country. We hope it inspires you to take part in this year's cooking contest, launching on August 20th.
Cooking is a skill that's as important as learning how to read and write. Because when kids cook, these other critical skills are reinforced…
Recipes are filled with fractions, timing, weights, and measurements.
Cooking is all about reactions that happen when ingredients come together in a delicious way.
Kids learn to think about the creativity that goes into the recipe.
Recipes are fun to read and they teach kids new words.
Family-friendly recipes your family will love to cook and eat.
Get inspiring ideas and recipes on our Pinterest board.
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Official Rules for The Ben’s BeginnersTM Cooking Contest
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN. APPLICABLE ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES. YOUR ENTRY INTO THE PROGRAM CONSTITUTES ACCEPTANCE OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
The below Official Rules apply to the Ben’s BeginnersTM Contest (hereinafter, "Contest") offered by Mars Food US. The purpose of this Contest is to promote parents cooking with their children as a means of teaching healthier eating habits for life. Cooking with your children makes for a great beginning!
Please note: Grand Prize winners will be expected to be present at a one-day hometown celebration event between the dates of December 1, 2015 – December 18, 2015. If both you and your child are not able to be available for the event, during which the prize will be awarded, then you are not eligible for entry into the Contest.
To be eligible to participate in the Contest, a potential entrant (“Entrant”) must be: (i) above the age of majority in his/her state of residence; (ii) a parent or legal guardian of a child who is a student in Kindergarten through eighth grade at the time of entry and for the duration of the Contest (“Child”) and (iii) both Entrant and Entrant’s Child must be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including the District of Columbia. Home schooled children in Kindergarten through eighth grade are also eligible to be selected for the Grand Prize. Employees, representatives, officers, and directors of Mars Food US (hereinafter, the “Sponsor”), and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, agents, judges and advertising and promotion agencies, as well as immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members are not eligible. NOTE: Entrant’s Child must be a student in Kindergarten through eighth grade for the entire duration of the Contest. A Child who is not in Kindergarten through eighth grade is not eligible to participate and will be disqualified from the Contest.
B. THE SPONSOR
Mars Food US, 2001 E. Cashdan Street, Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220 is the “Sponsor” of this Contest.
C. PERSONAL INFORMATION
The Sponsor will be collecting personal information about Entrant and Entrant’s Child when Entrant submits an entry into the Contest. The Sponsor will use and share this personal information in order to fulfill the requirements of the Contest. For example, the Sponsor may share this personal information with third parties who are evaluating the videos, contacting Entrants, potential Finalists (as defined below) or a potential Grand Prize Winner (as defined below). By entering this Contest and agreeing to these Official Rules, Entrant hereby consents to the Sponsor using the personal information of both Entrant and Entrant’s Child in this manner.
The Contest will launch on August 26, 2015. Entries will be accepted between 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on August 26, 2015 through 12:00 p.m. EDT on October 12, 2015 (“Entry Period”). The winners will be selected on or about November 10th to November 30th, 2015. Unless otherwise noted, for all times provided in these Official Rules or in relation to the Contest, the applicable time zone shall be Eastern Time.
E. HOW TO PARTICIPATE
NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR WIN.
To enter, during the Entry Period, a potential Entrant must visit the Uncle Ben’s web site, which is located at www.unclebens.com (the “Contest Site”). From the Contest Site, the Entrant must follow the directions to the Contest entry page. After accessing the appropriate tab or page from Contest Site, Entrant must complete the entry form with the requested information, including (i) Entrant’s first and last name, email address, street address and state of residence, zip code, date of birth and phone number, (ii) the first name of Entrant’s Child, his or her date of birth, name of school for the 2015 – 2016 school year, school city and state of residence and zip code, and (iii) the Video described below (collectively referred to as “Entry Materials”).
The entry form will also ask the Entrant to identify the school of his or her Child. To find the Child’s school, Entrant may enter the school city, state and zip code where instructed to populate a list of schools in his or her area. Select the school from the list provided and hit “Select.” Parents of home schooled students may indicate that the Child is home schooled. All Contest entries must be received by 12:00p.m. EDT on October 12th, 2015 to be eligible.
To be eligible for any prize, Entrant must submit a Video that meets the following requirements (“Video Requirements”):
To be eligible, the Sponsor must receive Entry Materials during the Entry Period. Entry Materials that arrive after the end of the Entry Period will not be considered. The Sponsor will notify Entrant when the Video is posted on the Contest Site. It may take several days for the Sponsor to provide Entrant with such notice.
LIMIT: EACH ENTRANT MAY ENTER UP TO FIVE (5) TIMES, BUT ONLY ONE ENTRY IS PERMITTED PER CHILD. This means that Entrant may enter as many as five (5) times; thereafter, any Entry Materials provided by Entrant to the Sponsor will not be eligible or otherwise considered by the Sponsor. All Entry Materials become the property of the Sponsor. They will not be returned or acknowledged. The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible entries or Entry Materials, or for any computer-related, online, telephonic, or technical malfunctions that may occur. Entries and Entry Materials will be considered void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error, forged, mechanically reproduced or obtained through fraud or theft, or if they contain a Video that does not meet the Video Requirements. By participating, Entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules.
G. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Warranty. By entering the Contest, Entrant warrants and represents that the Video submitted by Entrant is his/her own original work created and recorded by Entrant and Entrant’s Child, has not been previously published, has not won a previous prize or award, that Entrant owns or otherwise controls all of the rights to the Entry Materials and the Video submitted by Entrant (including, without limitation, the rights in any photographs, music or video clips included in the Video) and that the Video submitted by Entrant does not violate any law, regulation or any right of any third-party, including but not limited to rights of copyright, trademark, publicity and/or privacy. Please understand that submitting a Video that is copyrighted by another individual, or otherwise subject to the rights of another individual, will make Entrant responsible for any legal action the legal copyright holder might take against Entrant or in relation to the Video.
License. By submitting an entry into the Contest, Entrant and Entrant’s Child grant to the Sponsor the right, without limitation, to display the Entry Materials, including without limitation the Video and the recipe, online and in any media now known or hereinafter developed. Further, Entrant and Entrant’s Child agree to grant to the Sponsor all rights of ownership, reproduction, and use of the Entry Materials, including without limitation the Video and the recipe, for any purpose whatsoever without compensation or further permission, including but not limited to an irrevocable and perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide right, in all media (now known or later developed) to assign, license, use, publish, edit, adapt, modify, alter, reproduce, distribute, broadcast, display, copyright, create derivative works or otherwise exploit the Entry Materials, including without limitation the Video and the recipe, for commercial or non-commercial use, and without compensation to Entrant or Entrant’s Child.
There will be two levels of recognition in the Contest and one level of prizing: (1) the Finalist Recognition and (2) the Grand Prize with recognition.
As explained below, the Sponsor will recognize up to twenty five (25) Finalists that it selects during the Contest judging (as explained in Section J of these Rules). For the purposes of these Rules, the term “Finalist” shall mean both the Child and the parent or legal guardian that entered this Contest with the Child and who appears in the Video with the Child (hereinafter, “Parent”).
Each Finalist will be recognized through Uncle Ben’s social media postings and a national press release (“Finalist Recognition”).
NOTE: A Finalist may opt out of receiving Finalist Recognition.
As explained below, the Sponsor will award a Grand Prize to five (5) of the Finalists. For the purposes of these Rules, the term “Grand Prize Winner” shall mean the Child and his or her Parent(s).
The Grand Prize Winners will receive (i) a check for $15,000 and (ii) his or her school will be awarded a cafeteria makeover valued at $30,000 and (iii) a celebration event in the Grand Prize Winner’s hometown. Specifically, the Grand Prize will include the following:
The approximate retail value (“ARV”) of each Grand Prize is $45,000. The total ARV of all Prizes: $225,000.
I. PRIZE TERMS
The Sponsor may, at its sole discretion, choose to substitute any one of the prizes described in these Official Rules for one of equal or greater value. Further, the Sponsor reserves the right to expand or modify any of the prizes described above. Except for the cash award to the school, no prize transfer, assignment or substitution by the Grand Prize Winner is permitted. All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on the Grand Prize are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner. If any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, the prize shall be considered forfeited and the Sponsor may select an alternate Grand Prize Winner from all remaining eligible entries based upon overall score. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and the skill of the Entrants in preparing their Videos.
The Sponsor and each of their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, employees, agents, officers and directors, advertising and promotion agencies, and their respective officers, directors, employees and their respective agents will not be liable for unsuccessful efforts to notify any potential winner.
J. WINNER DETERMINATION
There will be several steps to the review process of each Video:
Note, at any time during the Voting Period, the Sponsor may determine that a Video fails to meet the Video Requirements and may remove the Video from the Contest Site.
The judges reserve the right, but not the obligation, to interview any of the Entrants. The judges will give each Video a score based upon the criteria listed above. The twenty five (25) Entrants with the highest scores will be chosen as potential Finalists. In the event of a tie, the potential Finalist will be determined by the highest score in the category of “creativity of recipe used.” Judges’ decisions are final.
Potential Finalists will be notified by email and/or telephone on or about November 3, 2015 and the Parent will be required to execute and return, within three (3) days of issuance of notification, an affidavit of eligibility, assignment of rights, liability and (where legal) publicity release (“Prize Documents”), which will include, without limitation, their granting of permission for their names, likenesses, recipes and Videos to be displayed in correlation with all advertising for Mars Food US and the Contest and in any manner or in any media, now known or hereinafter developed by the Sponsor. The Parent(s) must sign the Prize Documents on behalf of his or her Child, and consent to the Child’s participation and acceptance of the prize. The Parent(s) must provide the Prize Documents to the Sponsor electronically, via the mechanism described by the Sponsor in the prize notification. The Prize Documents will also confirm the Finalist’s agreement to accept the Grand Prize if eventually chosen as a Grand Prize Winner. The Finalist must also warrant that the Video and recipe have not previously won a prize or award. Any prize may be forfeited or a potential winner disqualified if there are any issues with acceptance of any prize during this process. Specifically, if notification documents are returned as non-deliverable, if a Finalist is found to be ineligible or not in compliance with these Official Rules, does not respond within the time period specified, or cannot accept the terms and conditions of being a Finalist or Grand Prize Winner, the next highest scored Entrant may be notified and the same process will be followed.
Between the dates of November 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM ET and, November 30, 2015 until 12:00 PM ET (“Public Voting Period 2”), the public can vote on the Finalists Videos, which will be posted on the Contest Site. Limit one vote per person/per IP address, per video, per 24 hours. This means that persons may vote for more than one video per day, but they may not vote for the same video more than one (1) time in any 24 hour period. Votes must be recorded by the Sponsor’s server by 12:00 PM ET on November 30, 2015.
The judges will give each performance a score based upon the criteria listed above. The Finalists with the highest scores will be chosen as potential Grand Prize Winners. In the event of a tie, the potential Grand Prize Winners will be determined by the highest score in the category of “The total number of votes that the Video received on the Contest Site during the Public Voting Period 2.” Judges’ decisions are final. Grand Prize Winners will be contacted on or about November 30, 2015 and announced on social media. They will also be asked to provide information related to their schools in order to provide the school portion of the prize.
NOTE: Please note that a school may be disqualified from receiving the cafeteria makeover portion of the Grand Prize if it refuses to complete any of the affidavits or prize documents provided to it. In such case, Sponsor reserves the right to award such portion of the prize to another school or entity selected by Sponsor, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prize details and decisions are at Sponsor’s sole discretion
Except where prohibited by law, by accepting any prize, Finalists and/or Grand Prize Winners consent to the Sponsor, each of their respective partners, affiliates and/or subsidiaries, use of Child and Parent’s Entry Materials and materials obtained over the course of the Contest, including without limitation their likenesses, photographs, names, recipes, Video, and/or voices for advertising and publicity purposes in any and all media worldwide (including winners list) without additional compensation or notification. The names of all winners and those receiving recognition may be utilized in communications and advertising, including being posted on the websites of the Sponsor, its partners, affiliates and/or subsidiaries.
L. ABILITY TO TERMINATE
The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. If the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines that the Contest or any portion of the Contest is impractical, fraudulent, void, unlawful or if there are any technical or administrative malfunctions, errors or other problems that affect the structure, terms or lawful administration of the Contest, the Sponsor may terminate, cancel or otherwise modify the Contest, in whole or in part.
M. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating, Entrants and winners release the Sponsor, their respective affiliates, parent, and subsidiary companies, its employees, agents and officers, advertising and promotion agencies, as well as all others associated with the development and execution of the Contest (collectively, the “Released Parties”), from and against any and all liability with respect to or in any way arising from the Contest, the prizes awarded in the Contest or in any filming, use or other activities related to the prizes offered in the Contest. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to the Contest Site, or any registration, voting or winner/Finalist selection.
Entrants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; and (b) that the decisions of the Sponsor are final on all matters relating to the Contest.
Before being declared a winner or receiving any form of recognition, each selected Entrant may be required to sign an agreement and release confirming compliance with these Official Rules and acceptance of the prize as offered and (i) releasing the Released Parties from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in this Contest, or participating in any prize-related activity or the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize, including without limitation costs, injuries, losses and damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising there from, and (ii) granting the Sponsor, and its agencies the unrestricted rights, in their collective or individual discretion, to publish without any further compensation the Child’s school’s name, Child and Parent's names, hometowns, likenesses, photographs, recipes, statements, Video or prize information for advertising and publicity purposes worldwide without limitation and without additional compensation, except where prohibited. The agreement and release must be returned within the time period specified thereon or the selected Entrant will be disqualified and the prize forfeited.
If Entrant is acting within the scope of his or her employment, as an employee, contractor, or agent of another party, Entrant warrants that such party has full knowledge of his or her actions and has consent thereto. Entrant further warrants that his or her actions do not violate the employer’s or company's policies and procedures.
The Contest is governed by the laws of California, without regard to the conflicts of law provisions.
All disputes, claims or demands that relate to these Official Rules will first be brought to the attention of the other party and will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. The receiving party shall have sixty (60) days from the date of such notice to remedy the described breach or violation and notify the complaining party in writing of the resolution. If the dispute, claim or demand is not resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant within 60 days, the complainant may request an informal resolution conference (mediation), which if agreed to by the other party will be scheduled to occur within 21 days of the written response. Each party shall have the right to be represented at such a conference by counsel and will ensure that a decision-maker with full and complete authority to resolve the dispute attends the conference. Such conference will be in front of a third party mediator chosen by the parties. If the parties do not agree to conference or are unable to resolve a dispute after such a conference, the parties agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute, claim or demand related in any way to these Official Rules will be decided by binding arbitration. All disputes between the parties, of whatsoever kind or nature arising out of these Official Rules, shall be submitted to JAMS for binding arbitration under its rules then in effect in the California area, before one arbitrator to be mutually agreed upon by both parties. The parties agree to share equally in the arbitration costs incurred.
O. WINNERS LIST
To obtain the names of the Grand Prize winners, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “WINNERS 7830” as the subject line. Requests must be received by 11:59 PM EDT on July 14, 2016. Winners lists will be sent after winners have been verified.
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