Hannaford supermarkets and celebrity chef/restaurateur/cookbook author/TV star Mario Batali are collaborating on a recipe contest designed to celebrate home chefs and their cooking inspirations.

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Cooks interested in entering the Mario Batali Home Chef Challenge must submit an original recipe, along with a story that explains both the recipe’s significance and how it can serve to excite others to cook at home. Entries are due by Oct. 31.

The grand prize winner gets a free trip to New York City for two, the chance to meet Batali on the set of ABC’s “The Chew,” and dinner at one of his restaurants. Among Batali culinary achievements? Twenty-six restaurants, 11 cookbooks, many television shows and five glitzy Eataly marketplaces, including one in Boston.

To enter the contest, participants must purchase a Mario Batali pasta or sauce and one additional qualifying item. For a list of products, visit Hannaford.com/HomeChefChallenge, where you will also find contest details. At checkout, customers will receive an entry code for submitting their recipe online.

Nine semifinalists will compete in one of three tasting events in Portland; Burlington, Vermont; and Albany, New York. A finalist will be chosen from each location, then Batali himself will select the grand prize winner.

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