What's Your Best Retro Recipe With a Modern Twist?

Show us what you've got in our latest recipe contest.

April 15, 2021
Photo by James Ranson

We want to see your best retro recipe, updated with a modern twist! Enter our latest recipe contest with your submission—you have until June 1!

We all have those beloved family classics, dishes that bring us back to a certain space and time in our lives. Some might call those recipes "old fashioned" but we don't think it needs to be that way. In our latest contest, we are looking for an inspired, modern version of your favorite retro recipe.

What exactly does "retro" mean? That's up to you! For some, these recipes might be "vintage"—or historic classics. For other people, it might be a quintessential casserole from the 1950s or your updated version of a pop tart. Whatever your version of "retro" is, we want to see how you can update that recipe for 2021.

Submissions are open from now until June 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Here are a just a few guiding points:

  • We welcome any type of recipe—main course, drink, appetizer, or dessert. Get creative!
  • Your headnote should clearly explain how you modernized a retro recipe.

The contest winner will receive a gift from the Food52 shop.

How To Enter:

If you already have a recipe on the site, go to that recipe page, hit "Edit Recipe" (under the photo), scroll down, hit "Submit my recipe to a contest," select the latest contest ("Your Best Retro Recipe"), and save.

If you want to add a new recipe, head to your profile page, select "Recipes," click "Add a Recipe," upload it, hit "Submit my recipe to a contest," select the latest contest, and save.

We read every submission, and test as many as possible. But that’s a lot of reading and a lot of testing, so we’re counting on your help, too. Scroll through the submission pages and make (and favorite) any recipe that catches your eye. Then, share feedback on the recipe page. We'll take all this feedback into account as we narrow down the top five, which will be announced June 15.

Here's a full refresher on how the whole contest process works.

How do you define "retro" recipe? Let us know in the comments.

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