by Loren G. Edelstein | May 21, 2015

MGM Resorts International is kicking off its Recipe Showdown on June 2, a contest that will take place in 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Launched last year and only open to meeting planners, this year's contest welcomes participation from other travel industry professionals as well. Interested participants are invited to submit a favorite recipe here  and indicate the location where they wish to participate in preparing their dishes, to be judged by a panel of peers. One winner from each location goes on to compete in the final cook-off in Las Vegas, judged by celebrity chefs from MGM Resorts International restaurants.

The 2015 Showdown cities and dates are:

Washington D.C. - June 2
Vancouver, British Columbia - June 9
Minneapolis - June 17
Toronto - June 23
Seattle - July 9
Salt Lake City - Aug. 12
Indianapolis - Aug. 12
Philadelphia - Aug. 13
Boston - Aug. 18
New York City - Aug. 20
Denver - Aug. 20
Los Angeles - Aug. 20
Dallas - Aug. 25
Atlanta - Aug. 27
San Francisco - Sept. 9
Chicago - Sept. 17

FINALS: Las Vegas - Oct. 29