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      Taste test over 40 dishes at the Dutch Oven Cook-Off

      Dutch Oven Cook Off chef hat

      The 6th annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off is underway.Next Saturday in Jefferson County Park, 12 veteran cook-off competitors and four novices will put their culinary skills to the ultimate test. The chefs with experience will be judged in four categories cooking a main dish, a side dish, and bread and a dessert. The rookies will be judged in just two of these four categories. The first place winner will take home $100, the second place winner will take home $75 and the third place winner will receive $50. Organizer Therese Cummiskey says there will be over 40 dishes, and people in the community are invited to attend and taste the food for themselves.

      "They can come out and see what they're cooking, and then for a small fee, they can buy a little spoon, and with that spoon you can go to all the competitors after the initial judging is done and they can taste test," Cummiskey said.

      Buying a spoon costs $5, and this allows you to sample any dish you want after the initial round of judging. The proceeds benefit the Cedar Creek Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Cooking begins at 9 a.m., and the first round of judging will be at 11:15 a.m.