~Calling all chefs~

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

Cooking teams are made up of both men and women, young and old, from such states as Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

The winners are broken down into three categories: Gumbo Amateur Division, Gumbo Restaurant Division, and Brunswick Stew Division, with prizes for first-, second- and third-place ranging from $75 to $200. Panels of food connoisseurs judge the three categories, with a different set of judges for each.

“Being able to witness the friendly competition and team spirit really make this a fun event to attend,” Shoaf said. “No team is without some sort of Mardi Gras decor and the more extravagant, the better.”

Entry to the event is free and tickets for sampling gumbos and stews will be available for purchase.

There will be a charge of $1 per ticket where one ticket covers the cost of a taste cup of gumbo/Brunswick stew, four tickets will buy a small (six-ounce) cup, and eight tickets will purchase a large (12-ounce) cup.

Concession items also available for purchase at the event are beer, wine, bottled water, soda, BBQ sandwiches, sausage dogs, hot dogs and desserts.

All proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Special Events for Mexico Beach's Best Blast on the Beach July 4th fireworks show.

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