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Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
Learn the secrets of Cajun cooking from the best chefs in St. Louis! On Saturday, February 11, join us at Soulard Market Park for the Cajun Cook-Off.
LEARN FROM THE PROS
Ready to recreate New Orleans-inspired cuisine at home? Stop by the US Foods Demo Kitchen to pick up a tip or two and enjoy delectable samples of what they prepare. Throughout the day some of the best chefs from around the region and the country will show you how to prepare great, authentic Cajun dishes at home.
Demo schedule coming soon!
Can you compete
This year we will continue the long tradition of celebrating our amateur chef scene in St. Louis. Each year 10 amateur chefs bring their home recipes to the Cajun Cook Off to prove they are the best in region. Fill out the application if you are ready to display your culinary skills and compete against other amateur chefs. Winners of the competition will receive cash and prizes plus the bragging right of being crowned the 2017 Cajun Cook Off champion.
EAT, DRINK, AND DANCE…NEW ORLEANS STYLE
Enjoy a complimentary Cajun dish prepared by some of St. Louis’ finest chefs, then grab a Cruzan Rum Hurricane or Bud Light and head to the dance floor to stomp your feet to the sounds of live music.
Advance ticket prices end Friday, February 10 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $45.
In accordance with the City of St. Louis Health Department, food prepared by the chefs in the competition is not available for consumption.
Jay Ducote (Food Network, Travel Channel)
Jay has spent his whole life obsessed with food, and that lead him to his current life as a chef, food and beverage writer, blogger, culinary personality, and professional hugger. Now he is bringing the secrets of creole cuisine to the Cajun Cook-Off where he will host the amateur cooking competition and perform interactive cooking demos where you can learn from the master and taste what he’s teaching. See why Jay is one of the premier authorities in Cajun cooking at the Cajun Cook-Off.
InsideSTL Kitchen Pass
We’re giving 40 lucky folks a unique, fun, and unvarnished peek into the way a kitchen works….but without the long hours, and dirty hands!
Guests get to hang out right in the thick of things as some of our area’s most renowned culinary wizards (Tom Schmidt from Salt+Smoke, Mike Johnson from Sugarfire Smokehouse/Hi Pointe Drive In, Mike Emerson from Pappy’s Smokehouse, and more) whip up all the fixings for the Cajun Sampler, the samples for their demos, and also delectable treats made only for the folks in the kitchen. All the while, you’ll see them engaged in the kind of witty repartee and wild shenanigans that make the restaurant kitchen a fun and magical place.
Of course, being a Mardi Gras kitchen, there will be a premium open bar featuring Ubon’s Bloody Marys, mimosas, Effen Vodka screwdrivers, Jim Beam cocktails, Busch Bavarian lagers, and other salacious cocktail treats that we will be serving only to those with a kitchen pass.