I am aware of the fact that amateur enteries are not allowed. here's the actual rule:
I also know why. here's the explanation:
No amateur entries. All entries must be commercially made (commercial kitchen, co-packer, mass-production) with labels and tamper-free packaging, and be available for sale somewhere on the Internet, even if it's only your own website. We will ask for the sale link. If amateur entries or entries that appear unsafe for consumption are received they will be discarded and no refund will be given, so do not try to bend this rule.
Now here's what I'm thinking. I know that the THP Awards are all about the consumers, but as an "amateur goodie maker" I see how they could be of benefit to me (without changing the original idea). An additional amateur catagory would not "ruin" the awards and will also provide amateur sauce/hot food makers a chance to "field test" their possible products, plus getting some publicity helping them to start smoothly.
The purpose of the awards is to let the public know what is available to them. For this reason, your product must be commercially available and for sale on the Internet.
The amateur enteries will pay all the standard fees, ship accordingly and will be marked as "This product is currently unavailable. it may or may not be availavle in the future.". What do you guys think? I can see how such a thing can help me personally, so there must be someone else just like me here.
If you're already in the business you can just post it under your current brand name, but us amateur folks can't.