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 team 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 eight team members, two professionals and six lay folk, cook a three-course meal for the judges.

Team Weekend Schedule


Junior Cast Iron Cook-Off
1:00 – 3:30
Junior Cast Iron Cook-Off – Open to public. No tickets required

Cast Iron Cook-Off

7:00 – 7:30
Reception and Presentation of Official Team Aprons – For team members

7:30 – 9:00
Tastes from the Mountains Dine Around – Tickets required. One is provided for each team member additional tickets are on sale at

8:00 – 2:30 Team
Culinary Competitions – Open to the public. No tickets required.
Download Team Only Competition Schedule here

3:30 – 4:30
Award Ceremony – Open to team members from both Cast Iron and Jr Cast Iron and their guests

West Virginia Winter Food Festival

10:00 – 3:30
West Virginia Specialty Agricultural Products Vendors’ Booths

  • WV Craft Beer Samplings
  • WV Wine Samplings
  • WV Wine Awards and Recognitions
  • Craft Beer Competition

10:30 – 2:30
Cooking Demonstrations – Open to public. No tickets required.

Gourmet Small Plates – Open to public. Tickets required and on sale at

Cast Iron Cook-Off sponsors take pride that their contribution is used to:

  • Showcase West Virginia as a culinary tourism destination
  • Fund opportunities for high school students
  • Support the Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia’s mission of promoting a healthier Appalachian lifestyle

Their team members receive

  • An authentic Cast Iron Cook-Off chef’s apron.
  • Two complimentary tickets for Friday night’s (February 5, 2016) reception where chef’s aprons are awarded
  • One complimentary ticket for Friday night’s (February 5, 2016), Tastes from the Mountains Dine Around Buffet
  • An individual team member’s guest can attend the Friday night Tastes from the Mountains for an additional fee of $60 Reservations required.
  • Admission to the award ceremony on Saturday (February 6, 2016)
Proud Sponsors of the 2016 Cast Iron Cook Off® West Virginia Department of Tourism proud sponsor of the Cast Iron Cook Off 2016 buzzsm jqsaltworksSM