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. The 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.


benefits of competing on this chef’s team in the Cast
Iron Cook-Off include:

  • An authentic Cast Iron Cook-Off chef’s coat.
  • 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) Award Ceremony, Rooted in Appalachia Dine Around and After Party. *
  • *An individual team member’s guest can attend the Saturday night Award Ceremony Rooted in Appalachia Dine Around and After Party for an additional fee of $40. Reservations required
Cast Iron Cook-Off sponsors take pride that their contribution is 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.

NOTE: Hotel reservations are separate and must be made through the Charleston Marriott. Please call 800-228-9290 or 304-345-6500. Use code CIC to receive CICO rate. The cut-off date is January 8th, 2015.