Lodge is gearing up for the 2019 National Cornbread Cook-Off, which is set to be held in conjunction with the 23rd Annual National Cornbread Festival. The festival takes place on April 27 and 28 in South Pittsburg, TN. The Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off begins at 11 a.m on April 27.
According to Lodge cook-off committee, the final 10 recipes have been selected and there seems to be an interesting twist this year – five of the final recipes include seafood components. According to Lodge, recipes must be a finalist’s original creation, may not have won previous awards, may not have been published previously, and must not infringe on upon any other person’s rights. They cannot be graduates from a culinary institute or be employed as a paid executive chef, or enrolled in culinary school.
At the festival, contestants have to make main dish or entrée recipes with a cup of Martha White Cornmeal and in a Lodge seasoned cast iron skillet. The Cook-off Champion receives a $5,000 cash prize and a 30-inch stainless steel gas range ($3,250 value) from FiveStar Professional Cooking Equipment, a division of Brown Stove Works.
The second place competitor receives $1,500, and the third place competitor receives $1,000. The remaining seven finalists will collect $150. All finalists receive a $500 travel reimbursement.
To enhance audience appeal, the cook-off features an Iron Chef format with one continuous competition. Judges for the cook-off are chefs, culinary influencers and food writers, while contestants are picked from all over the U.S.