Winners will receive everything needed to create chef-designed recipes

Basking Ridge, N.J. — March 12, 2015 — Cooking enthusiasts can discover how to transform everyday meals into extraordinary culinary adventures thanks to celebrity chef Michael Symon, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew,” author of three best-selling cookbooks and owner of several restaurants, and Castello® creatively crafted cheese. Castello® Havarti is the ideal cheese for culinary enthusiasts: It features a buttery, creamy taste and a mellow aroma that delivers a delicious lift to a wide variety of foods. Plus, Havarti is versatile, it slices, shreds and melts easily, making it a simple-to-use gourmet ingredient.

Castello®, maker of creatively crafted imported cheeses available at grocery and fine food stores nationwide, invites America’s cheese lovers to enter the Castello® Creative Culinary Adventures Contest beginning March 12. By simply using #CastelloHavarti, participants have the chance to win a special home delivery inspired by Chef Symon.

“Home cooks and chefs alike use Havarti because it’s a delicious, easy-to-cook-with cheese that elevates the flavor of any dish,” says Chef Symon. “From Aged Havarti to flavors like Caraway or Jalapeño, it’s easy to transform everyday meals when you use Castello® Havarti cheese.” 

Contest Timing: March 12 – April 5, 2015

Each week, from March 12 through April 5, Castello® will post Havarti questions and recipes on Facebook (, Instagram ( and Twitter (@CastelloUSA). Fans who comment on specific posts using #CastelloHavarti have the chance to win one of four creative culinary adventure packages.

Castello® Creative Culinary Adventure prize packages (prize value: approximately $500 each) include:

  • The ingredients* needed to prepare four Castello® Havarti recipes created by Chef Symon  
  • One 7 oz. package of each of the Castello® Havarti cheese varieties: Castello® Aged Havarti, Castello® Havarti Creamy, Castello® Havarti Caraway, Castello® Havarti Dill, Castello® Havarti Herbs & Spice, Castello® Havarti Jalapeño, Castello® Havarti Wild Garlic, Castello® Havarti Light
  • An autographed 5 in 5 cookbook from Chef Symon
  • A Castello® Havarti passport featuring recipes and tasting notes

 Creative Havarti recipes

Chef Symon’s creatively crafted Castello® Havarti recipes include: Aged Havarti Crostini with Dried Cherry Jam and Prosciutto – sweet and salty flavors are the perfect partner to Aged Havarti’s crunchy flavor crystals. Reuben Ravioli with Havarti Caraway – the feeling and flavor that Rye bread usually gives a Reuben is tucked into a pot sticker wrap. Cauliflower Mac & Cheese with Havarti Creamy – cauliflower and a bit of hot sauce add a delicious flavor kick to a classic comfort food. Poached Eggs With Smoked Salmon, Avocado Toast and Havarti Dill –a new twist on brunch with the slightly tangy, buttery, mild dill flavor of Havarti Dill.

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Castello®: Creatively Crafted Cheese

Since 1893, Castello® has brought a balance of innovation and tradition to the art of cheese making. Castello® cheeses cover a wide range of traditional regional recipes and our own unique crafted cheeses, always made with natural ingredients and great attention to detail. We’ve never been content to just make the standard cheeses, but instead have tried to be creative by using ingredients and techniques from all over the world, giving each cheese a unique flavor and texture. Each cheese is made at a single dairy, which specializes in the production of that particular cheese. Learn more about our creatively crafted cheeses at, or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter (@CastelloUSA).

*For highly breakable ingredients such as eggs, a Visa gift card will be provided in lieu of the ingredient.

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