Cajun Cook-Off

Saturday, February 4, 2022

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bud Light Party Centre in Soulard Market Park

Tickets available at the door: $65

Talented amateur chefs from across the area face off, preparing their best dishes for a panel of hungry and highly discerning judges.

Admission to the event includes:

  • Authentic Cajun Lunch prepared by Sugarfire Smokehouse 
  • Open bar of Bud Light and Southern Comfort Hurricanes 
  • Live Music from Sean Canan's Voodoo Players
  • Two cocktail demos from Master Mixologist Jason Neely - with samples! 
  • US Foods cooking demonstrations – with samples! – from some of Mike Johnson's culinary friends:  
    • Kernis Louviere, ten-time winner of the World Champion Gumbo Festival 
    • Lydia Gwin, of Kitchen Conservatory and Co-host of Chew in the Lou - Blackened Shrimp and Grits with Pepper Cream Sauce
    • Jeff Fitter, Owner and Head Pit Master of Super Smokers BBQ in Eureka, MO - Shrimp and Hot Link Étouffée
    • Melvin Carpenter, Chef of Lumiere Place Casino + Hotel (Soon to be: Horseshoe Casino) - Cajun Pasta 

Think you have the Cajun cooking chops to take home a prize? Apply to be one of 5 teams that competes in this long-standing tradition. Simply apply and send it to


*In accordance with the City of St. Louis Health Department, food prepared by the amateur chefs in the competition is not available for public consumption.

*Please note that this event is indoors and guests will be required to follow our indoor COVID-19 policies which include providing proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for entry. 

The Kitchen Pass: Deliciously Exclusive and All-Inclusive

Get off the sidelines and get into the kitchen with this private dining experience.

Sound amazing? The chow is just the beginning! From 10 am to 4 pm, enjoy a premium, fully-stocked bar with top-shelf cocktails crafted specially for you by the talented mixologists from Mardi Gras Master Mixologists.

It all kicks off at 10 am with Bloody Marys, mimosas and breakfast ... and then it's go time. You'll be the first to enjoy authentic Cajun food as soon as it comes out of the smoker and the jambalaya pot.

All-inclusive Kitchen Passes are $95 each.



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