Cast Iron Competition

Here is an event for those who appreciate good cooking and the fun of mixing-it-up in a friendly competition. The chef creates an incredible menu and recipes and, with the sous chef, provides the culinary leadership and direction for the competition. Approximately 13 other teams, each similarly composed of two professionals and eight non-culinary professionals, spend 90 minutes planning and preparing and then 75 minutes actually cooking a four-course meal for the judges. The Cook-Off Grand Champion award goes to the overall winner but other distinction awards include: Most Innovative Menu, Most Creative Presentation, Most Spirited Team, and Best Use of West Virginia Products. This event is designed to allow you to fulfill your creative urge and satisfy your competitive streak as well. Please join us in a rousing competition that is a unique celebration of food and the local ingredients that make it uniquely West Virginia.

***Hotel registration is a separate cost from the Cast Iron Cook-Off Weekend.


INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIP$300 contribution ($200 tax deductible)
benefits of competing on this chef’s team in the Cast
Iron Cook-Off include:

  • An authentic Cast Iron Cook-Off chef’s coat.
  • Complimentary memorabilia packet, i.e.,commemorative team photograph and
  • One complimentary ticket for Friday night’s
    (January 30) reception where chef’s coats
    are awarded.
  • One complimentary ticket for Saturday night’s (January 31) Taste of the Mountains Reception. *
  • *An individual team member’s guest can attend the Saturday night Tastes of the Mountains for an additional fee of $60. Reservations required
Cast Iron Cook-Off sponsors take pride that$200 of their contribution is tax deductible and that the funds are used to

  • showcase West Virginia as a culinary tourism destination
  • fund scholarships for high school students with exceptional promise to attend culinary school
  • support the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia’s mission of promoting a healthier
    Appalachian lifestyle.*Each team member on a Sponsored team will receive two complimentary tickets (team member + 1) for to the chef coat reception and the Taste from the Mountains dine around and reception.