2016 Chef Bento F.A.Q
Are you planning to participate in our Bento cooking contest?
Great, here are a few details that you might wanna know! (^ _ ^)/
Before getting started we strongly recommend everyone to have a look at the F.A.Q. This should answer any doubts you have about this year's original theme ^~^!
1. OK SO THIS YEAR'S THEME IS A SWEET TOOTH’S BENTO BUT WHAT EXACTLY IS A SWEET TOOTH?
To quote the Oxford dictionary :
Therefore we ask you to make a Bento that celebrates the Sweet things in life, prepare a main dish and a dessert or side sweet treat - the choice is yours!
2. DO I UNDERSTAND THAT ANY DESSERT OR SWEET DISH IS ALLOWED?
Exactly! This year, the challenge is to make a Bento that celebrates your interpretation of what a Sweet Tooth is! Be it a Fruit, some Chocolate or a Short cake - the options are endless! Make sure to put your desert inside your bento box.
We are looking for the overall impression your submission makes, the better the match between box and dishes - the better the result!
3. SO I CAN USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SWEET DISHES?
Yes you can. From fruit salads to heavy mud cakes - the world is a big place with different cultures celebrating different sweet dishes - make your best one!
4. HEY BENTO&CO, I'M ONLY EAT HEALTHY MEALS! WHAT CAN I DO? CAN I PARTICIPATE?
So are many of us here :) A sweet doesn’t have to be unhealthy! Nuts, berries and yoghurts can be both healthy and viciously sweet :)
5. I'M VERY MOTIVATED, WHAT CAN I WIN?
If you're the lucky grand winner, we will offer you a return ticket to Japan. Well as award our top 10 finalists, if you're selected among the best bento boxes, we have plenty of surprises : bento boxes, tons of accessories, exclusive products... You'll definitely love it.
6. WHAT KIND OF BENTO BOX SHOULD I USE?
A nice bento box would be perfect! It could be small, round, square or kawaii! Ideally we imagine that you use a single or two layered bento box,
Kindly note boxes with more than 2 compartments such as our popular Kokeshi models are allowed, but will not have a positively affect your chances of winning. Remember, what's inside is the most important thing, so be sure to choose the right box to fit your sweet creation.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO TAKE THE BEST PICTURE?
Landscape or portrait format, it's up to you as long as your bento comes across at its very best! Make sure we can see the food inside. No need to add some decoration around your box such as flowers or objects, the content of your Bento and the presentation is the only aspect that will be judged. If you can place your box on a plain background (table / furoshiki) it would be great! Furthermore, the lighting is also very important (taking your picture in a dark room is not a very good idea). Morning light is often the best :)
8. ET VOILÀ, MY BENTO IS READY! I'M GOING TO ADD MY WATERMARK / LOGO ON THIS GREAT PICTURE.
Please don't! In accordance with this contest rules, the pictures maybe be utilized afterwards on Bento&co site and related social media. No worry though, we're not going to forget your work and will definitively credit every pictures.