MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - April 04, 2016) - Talented cooks with an inspired food or beverage business concept or early stage business are invited to enter this year's Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge, a regional contest to find Wisconsin's next great food entrepreneur. The Challenge is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeReliable Water Services, a statewide provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners and FaB Wisconsin, the state's food and beverage industry cluster organization.

The Challenge features a start-up category for those with a brand new food business idea and an early stage category for food entrepreneurs who have already launched but are looking for help to get to the next level.

Beginning April 4, aspiring chefs, home cooks and early stage food entrepreneurs throughout Wisconsin can enter online at by submitting a short application and uploading a photo of their recipe or product concept. The site has contest rules and details.

 The grand prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $2,000 in seed money from Reliable Water Services
  • Tuition for a 3-credit course at MATC during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Private meeting with FaB Wisconsin's Director of Innovation and a one year membership in FaB.
  • Prize package worth $400 from Fein Brothers Restaurant Equipment & Supplies

Finalists will be selected in late May to participate in a final judging event on July 20th at MATC's student-operated 6th Street Café located at 1015 N. 6th St. on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus. 

Judges for the contest include:

  • Jenny Marino, President/CEO, Angelic Bakehouse
  • Kurt Fogle, co-owner, Bass Bay Brewhouse
  • Jan Kelly, owner and chef, Meritage restaurant
  • Peter Gottsacker, President, Wixon Seasonings & Flavor Systems
  • Pam Mehnert, General Manager of Outpost Natural Foods
  • Nick Maas, premise specialist for Agave Loco LLC(RumChata, Tippy Cow brands)
  • Tonya Garrido, executive chef, Harwood Place Independent & Assisted Senior Living

"We are so proud to have helped launch a number of innovative food and beverage products over the past five years and can't wait to see what new ideas this year will bring," said Lynne Robinson, President of Reliable Water Services.

For more information and to enter, visit Reliable Water Services at

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Christel Henke