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Staff writer Michael Smith covers colleges, golf and lacrosse.

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Chevron Launches "Game Day Chef Challenge" For Football Fans

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 03 / 15

Chevron is launching the “Game Day Chef Challenge” this week in an effort to find the best game-day dish. The cooking contest gives football fans and foodies across 16 states the opportunity to compete for a grand prize of $25,000 in Chevron gift cards. Contestants in each region submit...

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