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Skillet Festival and Cast Iron Chef Competition

Submitted by on September 19, 2013 – 8:50 amNo Comment

georgia_quitman_skilletHere’s something new, Road Trips Foodies: a Cast Iron Chef Competition takes place during the Skillet Festival set for October 19, 2013, under tents on the Courthouse Square in Quitman, Georgia.

Chefs representing Georgia and Florida each will cook a dish in one hour using one cast iron pan, one burner and one “mystery box” of ingredients that will skew salty, savory or sweet and sourced within Brooks County, Georgia, and the surrounding 150-mile area.

Team Florida:
•Chef Tim Creehan, proprietor of Cuvee Bistro and Cuvee Catering in Destin, Florida, and creator of the instant marinade Grill Plus.
•Chef Jimmy McManus, executive chef of Legendary, Inc., in Destin, Florida.
•Chef Daven Wardynski, executive chef of the Omni Amelia Island (Florida) Plantation.

Team Georgia:
•Chef Keira Moritz, chef and owner of Steel Magnolias in Valdosta, Georgia.
•Chef Jason Brumfiel, executive chef of The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
•Chef Jeff Sommer, executive sous chef at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
in Greensboro, Georgia.

Here’s the format:
Pairs of chefs (one representing Team Florida and one representing Team Georgia) will cook-off
in three heats: 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Competitors have one hour to create a dish using a mystery box of ingredients that Competitors can use one cast iron skillet and one burner.
Mystery box ingredients are sourced in Brooks County, Ga., and the surrounding 150-mile area.

The Skillet Festival is more than the competition, however. Between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., there’ll be culinary exhibitions, a food/culinary vendors’ market, a 5k run/walk, children’s activities, a dog show, live musical entertainment and the signature event, a skillet throwing contest. Note: this year, The Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to certify the farthest cast iron skillet throw (if a record is set), and festival-goers will also set the record for the largest number of cast iron skillets thrown at one time.

(Photo courtesy of Skillet Festival)

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