Valdosta Daily Times


April 1, 2012

VDT Cookbook Contest opens today

VALDOSTA — The 44th annual Valdosta Daily Times Cookbook Contest, which offers $1,150 in cash prizes, opens today.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $300, the Grand Prize Runner-up $200, the remaining eight first places $50 and 10 second places $25. Centerpieces will be given to the third places.

Other prizes include the Creative Design Award given by David Blevins of Valdosta Greenhouses, a wall pocket with silk flowers valued at $75 by Rebecca Spriggs of Farmer’s Daughter Silks in Adel; a $50 gift certificate from Fads & Fashions, and a $50 gift certificate from Bishop Jewelers. A basket of goodies will be given for the winner of the children’s category.

Deadline for entering is 5 p.m. Monday, April 30.

Look for the chef’s hat ad running every day during April as a reminder.

Readers 16 and above may submit as many recipes as you like in each of the following categories: Breakfast Foods, Appetizers, Salads, Breads, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Desserts, and Cookies and Candies (one category).

Children 15 and under may enter as many recipes as you like in the children’s category.

NEW THIS YEAR: Recipes which do not have the category listed will be not be entered into the contest.

To enter, simply e-mail your recipes to Include your daytime phone numbers as well as your mailing addresses so you can be informed if you have been selected as one of the 45 contestants to bring your already prepared dishes to the June 2 Taste-off at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.  

“Titanic” is the theme for the cake-decorating category of this year’s cookbook contest as the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship is celebrated with the re-release of the movie in 3D.

Mark Starr, dough preparation technician at Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, is the cake-decorating judge who will determine this year’s winner. Starr placed second in all three years of the contest.

Decorators will have five hours to work, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Those interested in competing in cake decorating should send pictures of the cakes they have decorated, along with their names, addresses and daytime phone numbers to

Professional bakers are not allowed in the contest, as of this year.

Claire Spriggs-Marr, 2000 Grand Prize winner, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

All participants chosen for the Taste-off will be featured in the award-winning cookbook, which is a part of the July issue of the Valdosta Scene magazine.

Elizabeth Butler is the Lifestyles editor of The Valdosta Daily Times.

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