Winning tuna melt recipe sends California woman to Fiji

Published on
May 31, 2017

Santa Rosa, California resident Amy Meiers has scored a trip to Fiji from Chicken of the Sea for her winning recipe reimagining the classic tuna melt.

Meiers submitted her California Style Tuna Melt recipe as part of the seafood provider’s Best of the Sea Challenge, which was created in honor of World Tuna Day, celebrated on 2 May. More than 600 recipes were turned in for the contest, and over 8,600 public votes were collected to help determine the winner of the Grand Prize, which included a trip for two to Fiji, a USD 100 (EUR 89) Visa gift card and a featured spot in the Official Mermaid World Tuna Day Menu highlighted on the Chicken of the Sea website.     

Fiji was picked by Chicken of the Sea as the prize-winning destination because of its role as one of several dozen countries providing “the bulk of the world’s canned tuna supply,” explained the company. Moreover, Fiji’s work with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and the Parties to the Nauru Agreement – to help ensure a sustainable tuna fishing industry across the Pacific – also made it an ideal destination for the winner of the Best of the Sea Challenge.

“I’m excited to be able to visit Fiji, where tuna isn’t just a recipe ingredient – it’s a way of life,” Meiers said. “My husband and I were planning a trip to celebrate our 11th anniversary in September, so the timing is perfect. Who knew that a simple recipe I originally made at work as a quick-and-healthy-lunch option would be my ticket to one of the most beautiful destinations in the world!”

Meiers’ winning recipe incorporates Chicken of the Sea’s canned tuna with a Greek yogurt and mayonnaise sauce, dill seasoning, sourdough bread, California avocados and melted cheddar cheese.   

This isn’t the first win for Meiers or her son, Cannon – the two were recognized for a winning recipe submitted to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Meiers was crowned as the champion for California for that contest. 

“I think it is valuable for kids to know what’s going into their food and how to cook healthy and delicious meals,” Meiers said. “Cannon has a very rare genetic disorder, so our family is all about eating healthy.” 

The top 25 Best of the Sea Challenge recipes, as determined by a panel of seafood and recipe judges, were turned over for a public vote to help cull eight finalist recipes to be featured alongside Meiers’ dish within Chicken of the Sea’s Official Mermaid World Tuna Day Menu. 

Meiers was announced as the contest’s winner via a Facebook Livestream on World Tuna Day that was hosted by Julie Clark, the blogger behind Tastes of Lizzy T, and amassed more than 14,000 views.

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