Win a Dorm Room Dinner Party - Modernist Cuisine

Win a Dorm Room Dinner Party

MCSeptember 7, 2012

Update: Due to popular demand, we’ve extended the entry deadline to October 26th!

Dorm-room living has never been synonymous with delicious, home-cooked food. When it comes to cooking in a dorm, it may be hard to imagine producing much more than a cup of ramen noodles and a toaster pastry. But armed with Modernist Cuisine at Home, we’ll show one lucky winner that a little cooking knowledge goes a long way, even in small spaces. Small appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens, hot plates, and, of course, sous vide machines are capable of producing delicious results when paired with the right recipes and techniques.

To prove that great cooking can happen anywhere, we’re partnering with Seattle Weekly to host a Modernist Cuisine Dorm Room Dinner Party contest. If you’re a college student in the greater Seattle area, you can enter to win a dinner party for yourself and eight of your friends. You’ll also win a copy of Modernist Cuisine at Home, a PolyScience Sous Vide Professional CREATIIVE Series immersion circulator, a PolyScience Smoking Gun, an iSi Whipping Siphon, and the opportunity to cook alongside Modernist Cuisine chefs. You can find full details on and read the contest rules here.

For those of you who are no longer students, know that you can experience your culinary youth again on better terms when Modernist Cuisine at Home comes out next month. We’ll show you how to elevate pizza, wings, hamburger, and many other classics. As for perfecting the proportion of spirits in “jungle juice,” you’ll have to ask a current student for that.

To Enter:

Create a video of a cooking show (starring you, of course) which shows why you need the Modernist Cuisine folks to help you throw a dinner party, and then upload it to YouTube with “mcvideocontest” as its tag.

The show should run no longer than two minutes, and must be filmed in your dorm room or kitchen-less residence. Your demonstration needs to include at least one of the following five ingredients: ramen noodles, Sriracha, coffee, peanut butter, or an energy drink. Once you’ve uploaded your video, e-mail with your name, age, school, area of study, and a brief description of your living space.

All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012. The contest is open to individuals who are 18 or older and enrolled at University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University, Evergreen State College, or any other residential tertiary institution between Tacoma and Everett (the south and north, respectively), and North Bend and Seattle (the east and west, respectively). Entrants must be available for the dinner party between October 29th, 2012, and December 1st, 2012, and willing to have the experience filmed.

Most importantly, only students who do not have access to a working kitchen are eligible. If you live in an apartment or an apartment-style dorm suite, you can’t play. A hot plate, mini-fridge, or microwave is fine. A sink, stove, or centrifuge is not. If you’re unsure whether you qualify, send an e-mail to

A panel of qualified judges will judge entries based on the following criteria: the most apt, original, and interesting video; creative demonstration of why you deserve to have the Modernist Cuisine chefs help you cook without a kitchen; unique presentation of video themes; overall quality of your video. Good luck!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received. Contest is subject to Official Rules. For more details, restrictions, and Official Rules, visit Contest is sponsored by The Cooking Lab, LLC, located at 3150 139th Ave SE, Ste 500, Bellevue, Washington 98005.