Cooks compete in Dutch oven cook-off

Dutch oven chefs from across the Hawkeye State spent the morning cooking at the 'Seventh Annual Dutch Oven Cook-off.'

Nineteen teams competed in the cook-off. Those teams consisted of both adult cooks and kid cooks.

Each team made a dessert, side dish, main dish and bread.

Anything that can be cooked in a regular oven can be cooked in a Dutch oven. The biggest difference between the two is that chefs have to monitor the temperature more closely.

The goal of the cook-off was to show those in attendance the wide variety of food that can be cooked over coals and on an iron stove.

Cooking in Dutch ovens is something that has been around for centuries.

"You grew all your own vegetables and spices, and cooked at home in a fireplace or in a fire pit outside," said Greg Jacobs, a competitor in the cook-off.

Spoons could be purchased for sampling the food. All of the proceeds raised at the cook-off will go to the Cedar Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.