‘Iron Chef Greater Love’ event held

Food preparers and tasters recently gathered at Greater Love Family Worship Center for a culinary arts seminar and cook-off challenge. Pastor-Bishop Louis Dugar, First Lady Suella Dugar, Single Women Ministry members Lydia Leopold, Teressa Lewis and Betty Andrus welcomed people to the event. Members also provided appetizers, entrees, desserts, punch and cold drinks for the guests. Many of the dishes for the contest were enjoyed by those in attendance after the judging.

Crowley chef Walter Andrus, who has won top awards at The Cajundome BBQ Cookoff, The Okra Festival and the International Rice Festival, was a guest speaker and judge for the event. Rev. Ronnell Cheatham was another guest judge. Andrus recently published a cookbook called ‘Louisiana: A Melting Pot of Kajun and Kreole Cooking’. A second book by Andrus is forthcoming.

Cook-off results were: first place tie-entree, Donna Gilliam, dirty rice dressing; first place tie entree, Pearl Perkins, cheesy chicken spaghetti casserole; second place entree, Frankie Maynard, parmesan saucy shrimpy noodles; and first place surprise dessert entree, Lydia Leoopold, spring celebration carrot cake.

Appreciation plaques and gifts were presented to Pastor Louis Dugar , First Lady Suella Dugar, Chef Walter Andrus, and Rev. Ronnell Cheatham. Winning cook-off awards included ribbons and god medallion necklaces, prize ribbons and wood framed glass plaques. Chef Andrus presented all winners a copy of his cookbook. All guests enjoyed an evening of fellowship, door prizes, food and fun.

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