Official Rules for GMA Weekend's Best Bites Challenge: College Edition

We're looking for a local college hangout that serves the best food!

ByABC News via via logo
October 16, 2010, 11:40 AM

Oct. 16, 2010— -- Is there a hangout or restaurant on or off your college campus that serves the best food? What's that special dish that everyone craves at all hours, and is willing to line up around the block for?

"Good Morning America" Weekend wants you to tell us about that hangout, diner, or restaurant and its signature dish. We're looking for fresh, original and creative dishes that capture the flavors and uniqueness of your town!

If your entry gets the most votes from our panel of judges and viewers across America, you and the hangout/diner/restaurant that you entered may be featured on national television!

Read the rules below and click here to enter the "Best Bites: College Edition" contest online.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Challenge is open to legal residents of the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States and District of Columbia, 21 years of age or older. Challenge sponsored by Good Morning America Weekend ("Show") and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ("Sponsor").

Challenge Entry Period: "Good Morning America's Best Bites: College Edition" (the "Challenge ") entry period begins 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on Saturday, October 16th 2010 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 31, 2010 (the "Challenge Period"). Sponsor computer is the official clock for this Challenge.

HOW TO ENTER: You may enter the Challenge by navigating the internet and visiting Click on the "Good Morning America Weekend" site, and then click on To enter, you ("Entrant") must submit an essay of 300 words or less telling us about your favorite local hangout/diner/restaurant ("Establishment") and why its signature dish makes eating there such a memorable experience. You must tell us (in detail) what makes the signature dish so delicious (ingredients, taste, etc.) and why it's a local favorite. Be sure to include the name, address and phone number of the Establishment in your entry, as well as the name of the owner and chef if possible. We also need your name, address, daytime phone number and an email address where we can contact you. The contact information for the Establishment and yourself does not count towards the 300 word limit in the essay.

Deadline for entries: All entries must be received by 11:59 pm Sunday, October 31st 2010.

Eligibility Guidelines: The Establishment you are submitting must be located in the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States or District of Columbia. Your favorite dish must be one with qualities that make it unique to that establishment. If you are a minor, you must include written permission from a parent or guardian to enter. Employees of American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies, or the immediate family members or members of the same household of anyone so employed, are not eligible to enter or to win.

Judging Procedure: The entries will be judged by our Show personnel on the basis of originality, creativity, taste, potential for on-air appeal and appropriateness for the show. We will ask viewers to vote for their selection based on originality, creativity and appeal. The Voting will count 50% from Show personnel voting and 50% from viewer voting to determine the winner. In the event of a tie the entry with the highest score in the originality category as determined by Show personnel will be deemed the winner. Decisions of the Sponsor are final as to all Challenge related matters.

Notification and Finalists Judging: Potential finalist entrants will be contacted between November 1st – 5th, 2010. The Good Morning America staff will then contact the Establishment these entrants have submitted to obtain the recipes for the dishes, and gain permission to video tape in the Establishment. The top four entrants whose Establishment agree to comply with all the terms and requirements will be selected as finalists. Between November 1st – November 18th 2010, Good Morning America crews and possibly a Good Morning America anchor may visit each of the four establishments to sample the cuisine, and video tape the exterior, interior and, if possible, the kitchen of the Establishment. On Saturday, November 20th, 2010, Good Morning America Weekend may present on its broadcast video tape from each of the four establishments, as well as the nominated dish. A panel of judges, consisting of Good Morning America Weekend anchors and possibly one or more guest judges, may sample each of the dishes and then score each finalist entry. The judging panel's scores will count towards fifty percent of the overall scoring. Viewers would then be asked to go to to cast their vote on or about November 20th 2010. The online voting will count towards the other fifty percent of the overall scoring. The Establishment receiving the highest cumulative score from the judging panel and on-line judging may be announced on Good Morning America on or about the weekend of Nov 20 -21th 2010; the owner and/or chef from that Establishment must be available to appear via satellite from their establishment on the broadcast that day. There is no prize for this Challenge.

Releases: By participating, entrants and Establishments agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor/Judges and the Challenge administrator, which shall be final in all respects.

By participating in this Challenge, Entrants and Establishments agree to release American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., its parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from any and all actions, claims, injury, loss or damage arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, from participation in this Challenge and/or acceptance or use of any prize.

Entrants and Establishments authorize the Released Parties to use their name, voice, likeness, biographical data, city and state of residence and entry materials in programming or promotional material, worldwide in perpetuity, or on a winner's list, if applicable, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. Sponsor is not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsor's sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation.

By submitting entry materials, Entrants and Establishments certify that such materials are original and created by them, that they have the necessary rights, permission and authority to submit such materials, and, if applicable, that they maintain a valid copyright in the materials. Entrants acknowledge that such materials may be included and/or discussed in a broadcast, that such discussion may include statements or opinions by the broadcast talent or others about the Entrants and Establishments, their appearances and/or the materials, and that those statements and opinions may be considered surprising, humiliating, embarrassing, derogatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive or injurious to them, Sponsor's employees, its studio or at-home audience and/or other third parties. Entrants release the Released Parties from any actions, claims, injury, loss or damage allegedly caused, directly or indirectly, by any such statements or opinions made during a broadcast.

Sponsor is not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the Challenge is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Challenge, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials from this Challenge. In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the e-mail account, not the name on the entry form.

Miscellaneous; Winner Posting: Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify and/or suspend the Challenge in the event of tampering or other circumstances, including but not limited to acts of God or civil disturbance that render it impractical or impossible to complete or fulfill the Challenge as originally planned.

Official rules will be posted on the GMA page ( The name of the selected Establishment and chef will be posted on the same Web site and announced on the broadcast.

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