Baltimore woman a finalist in Rachael Ray cookbook competition

A Baltimore woman, who has been planning parties and weddings for two decades, is among five finalists in a cookbook competition sponsored by celebrity chef Rachael Ray.

Linnyette Richardson-Hall is one step closer to having a cookbook published and winning more than $20,000 in prizes, including an appearance on Ray’s show. 

A spokesperson for Ray’s "Great American Cookbook Competition" said the five finalists, chosen from entries from all over the United States, demonstrated "impressive cooking recipes and the kind of can-do, problem-solving attitude Rachael admires."

Richardson-Hall proposes to write a cookbook that would guide readers through the entire process of entertaining around food, from recipes and to-do lists to tips for hosting guests. She wants to demystify the process of cooking and hosting parties for every occasion, she said in her proposal.

Entrants were required to submit three original recipes and a cooking demonstration video. The winner will receive a book contract with Rachael Ray Books; a culinary trip to Cancun, Mexico; a GE kitchen appliance suite; an assorted of Ray’s cookware; a spot on her show; and a feature in her magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray.

Each week beginning April 28, one of the finalists will be eliminated on Ray's show. The winner will be announced May 19.

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