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Rice and Creole Cookery Contest details announced

The Rice and Creole Cookery Contest, an outstanding feature of the International Rice Festival, will be held Friday, Oct. 18.
The contest will be held at the LSU AgCenter Extension Office, 157 Cherokee Drive in Crowley.
The rules require that at least one cup of cooked rice must be included in the dish and listed in the recipe.
Wild rice is not cultivated rice in Louisiana and does not meet the recipe requirement of cup of rice.
Dishes containing rice products such as rice cereals, rice flour, etc., must also contain one cup cooked rice.
There is a new rule in effect this year: Gumbos, soups, etoufees, stews and similar dishes must have one (1) cup of cooked rice in the dish and not served on the side.
The exhibit must include the number of servings indicated on the recipe. For example, if the recipe states that it serves six, six servings must be displayed.
Rice dishes and recipes must be brought in between 8 and 9 a.m. Judging will begin at 9:30 a.m.
The “food safety rule” will again be in effect this year. All dishes entered must be thoroughly cooked and chilled when brought to the contest for judging. Failure to meet this standard will result in the dish being disqualified. Exceptions include items that would not normally need refrigeration such as cookies and cakes.
Contest divisions are Adult (18 years or older), Teen (13-18 years of age and still in school), Intermediate (11-12 years of age) and Children (8-10 years of age), with categories in Rice and Meat, Rice and Seafood, Rice Salad/Vegetable/Fruit and Rice Desserts.
Prize money and ribbons will be given to the top ten winners in each category. A Tri-Color Rosette and $25 cash award will be awarded to the Best Overall dish in the Adult, Teen, Intermediate and Children Divisions.
The Chef de Riz, or Master Rice Cook, will be selected by the first place winners in the eight categories between the Adult and Teen Divisions. A group of judges will select this winner on the basis of the dish score and an interview on knowledge of uses of rice and rice cookery. The winner will be awarded a $100 premium as well as an engraved plaque. This contest is sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.
The Jr. Chef, will be selected from the Tri-Color winners in the Intermediate and Children Divisions. The winner will be named the Rice Festival Junior Chef for the year. The Junior Chef winner will be awarded a $25 premium as well as an engraved plaque. This contest is also sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.
For more information or an entry form visit the Rice Festival website at www.ricefestival.com. If you have any questions email Letha at ricecookerycontest@gmail.com.
The Rice and Creole Cookery Contest carries out a goal of the International Rice Festival - to promote the rice industry in Acadia Parish, Louisiana and beyond.

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