Seventh annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off coming to Fairfield Saturday

Dutch oven chefs from across the state are ready to cook at Saturday's seventh annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off.

Last year, 16 teams competed in the cook-off, but that number is up to 19 for this year's event. Each team will make 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 is that the chefs must closely monitor the temperature of the oven while they cook. The goal of the event is to show people the wide variety of food that can be cooked over coals and on an iron stove.

"If you're thinking, well, when I was a kid, we cooked in a Dutch oven and we did stew, well, you might find a stew here, but you'd also find chicken cordon bleu and ribs," said Therese Cummiskey. "There's all sorts of things that come out of a Dutch oven."

After the judges make their way through the teams, anyone who comes to the event has a chance to taste-test. You can buy a spoon and start tasting at 11 a.m. and all the proceeds raised go to the Cedar Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.

Cummiskey said the event will go on Saturday rain or shine.