I can't remember a time I didn't love the Fancy Feast cat. It was certainly long before I got a cat of my own, and continued on even long after I did. For a few years, I even collected and traded in cat food can labels, just so I could get the annual Fancy Feast plush holiday ornament (it's worth noting that I don't even celebrate Christmas).
So what does this all have to do with anything? Well, in addition to my love for the Persian cats featured in the Fancy Feast commercials, I'm also a huge fan of Bravo TV. So imagine my delight when I found out that Carla Hall, former contestant on Bravo cooking competition shows "Top Chef: New York," and "Top Chef: All-Stars," has made her way from the kitchen to the kitten in becoming the star of the new Fancy Feast TasteMakers campaign! The news is especially exciting since they've allowed the talented chef to retain her quirky, awesome personality while promoting a contest about cooking and cat food. (My favorite moment of the spot above is when Carla quips, "Toodles poodles! Oops..no poodles here! See you cats later!")
The gourmet cat food brand is working with Hall in asking consumers to submit recipes to help inspire the next Fancy Feast Elegant Medleys Entree. Carla will be among one of the judges picking the top five finalists, and the ultimate winner will be determined by a public vote, during which time, a donation for each ballot cast will be made to adoptapet.com.
I'm going to respectfully decline entering, as some of my cat's favorite flavors include "butter" and "olive oil" (good luck leaving your toast unattended), but I wish a hearty good luck to all ye who venture forth in the competition! The lucky winner will receive $10,000, a years supply of Fancy Feast, and the enviable distinction of seeing their kitty culinary creation hit the shelves in about a year. Now if only they could make cats cook the actual food, then maybe we could have the next Bravo hit on our hands! Are you listening, Andy Cohen?
On a side note, while visiting the headquarters of Nestlé Purina Petcare in my quest to become the first ever Purina Cat Chow Correspondent, I announced to a member of the Cat Chow team that I wanted to meet the Fancy Feast cat. I was jokingly told that he lives in a "penthouse in the tower," but I actually did get to meet two real-life kitties who live at Purina, and hope to get the chance to share their story with you soon!
Via Fancy Feast