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Rice and Creole Cookery Contest announced

The Rice and Creole Cookery Contest, an outstanding feature of the International Rice Festival, will be held on Friday, Oct. 19.
The contest will be held at the LSU AgCenter Extension Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, in Crowley.
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 includes items that would not normally need refrigeration such as cookies and cakes.
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 for a cup of rice. Dishes containing rice products such as rice cereals, rice flour, etc., must also contain one cup of cooked rice. The entry 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.
Contest divisions are Adult (18 years or older), Teen (boys and girls 13-18 years of age and still in school), Intermediate (boys and girls 11-12 years of age) and Children (boys and girls 8-10 years of age), with categories in Rice and Meat, Rice and Seafood, Rice Salad/Vegetable 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 given to the Best Overall dish in the Adult, Teen, Intermediate and Children’s Divisions.
The Chef de Riz, or Master Rice Cook, will be selected from the first place winners in the eight categories between the Teen and Adult Divisions. A group of judges will select this winner on the basis of the dish score and 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 first place winners in the eight categories between the Children’s and Intermediate Divisions. A group of judges will select the winner on the basis of the dish score and taste. The Jr. Chef will be awarded a $25 premium as well as an engraved plaque. This contest is also sponsored by the USA Rice Federation.
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.
More information and entry forms are available on the Rice Festival website at www.ricefestival.com. For more information call the LSU AgCenter at 788-8821 or email ricecookerycontest@gmail.com.

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