Every year FiveStar is pleased to sponsor the annual Cornbread Cook-Off at the National Cornbread Festival here in Tennessee. As I told you in the last post, this year’s Cook-Off finalists had some amazing sounding dishes, from sweet-tooth-quenching breakfast bakes to savory soups and stews to scrumptious seafood dinners, the creativity showcased each year is positively mind-blowing! This year, of course, was no exception.

After four hours of competitive cooking, plating, and judging, the judges panel had finally determined the winners! No doubt in my mind, this was no easy feat. Each carefully plated entry looked and smelled fantastic! While I greatly envy the judges’ privilege of tasting each cornbread creation, I was thankful not to have to rank the dishes and determine a winner.

Speaking of winners, I’ve been saving the best part about FiveStar’s involvement in the Cook-Off! We got to present the first prize winner with a brand new 30″ FiveStar Range, valued at over $3,400!

After the judging was complete, all ten contestants lined up for the presentation of first, second, and third prizes.

The third prize winner was Jeanette N. with her “Marvelous Mediterranean Chicken Sausage Cornbread Dinner”…

Second place went to Lisa K., creator of the “Sweet Yellow Cornbread, Sausage & Tomato Pie with a Garlic Cream Drizzle”…

And the winner of the 16th Annual Cornbread Cook-Off waaaaaas…







Melanie M. with her “Sweet Cornbread Shrimp Cakes with Mango Salsa!”

Here’s a photo with all three winners and sponsors:

From left to right: Cindy Sexton, WCRB-TV; Jenny Rumble (me), FiveStar Range; Bob Kellerman, Lodge Manufacturing; Lisa K., Second Place Winner; Melanie M., First Place Winner; Jeannette N., Third Place Winner; and Linda Carman, Martha White

 I’ve saved the best post for last… RECIPES!


*Last two photos were taken by Mark Kelly of Lodge Manufacturing. Used with permission.

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