2017 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 ^~^!  

1WHAT IS CONSIDERED A NOODLE?

The Japanese word for noodle is 麺 "men".  Japanese "men" refers too only long noodles. This means that short,  noodles or pasta such as as ravioli, gnocchi, dumplings, shumai, etc. are NOT acceptable for our bento contest.

2. DO I UNDERSTAND THAT ANY NOODLE  IS ALLOWED? 

YES! Whether it's Italian, Asian, etc. as long as it's a (long) noodle as we defined above it's A-OK! It can be made of wheat, rice, buckwheat flour, etc.

3. SO I CAN USE DIFFERENT TYPES OF NOODLE DISHES? 

Yes you can. From ramen to spaghetti or even a fusion. It's the various cultures behind the foods that we get to see that makes us especially excited about this contest! Make your best one! 

4. I'M VERY MOTIVATED, WHAT CAN I WIN

All participants win a 10% discount but if you're going for gold there are some bigger rewards. If you're the lucky grand winner (outside of Japan), we will offer you a return ticket to Japan. We'll also 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. 

5. 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. 

6. 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 :)

Please remind to not attach a watermark on your picture!

7. 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. 

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Still have more questions or unsure about something?

Send us an email at contact@bentoandco.com with the subject line: Chef Bento 2017 Inquiry