It's that time of year in Shreveport where kids are going back to school, summer is winding down and the Louisiana Prize Foundation begins its preparations for the big Prize Fest event in October.
Over the next couple of weeks the announcements for who made it into the finals for each category of Prize Fest will be taking place. Keep checking back here to see who will go on to compete in the 2022 Food, Comedy, Fashion, Music and Film Prizes.
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First up is the Food Prize that pits talented Shreveport chefs against each other in order to win the coveted Golden Fork award.
For months elaborate dinners have been hosted for the Golden Fork Society members for the chosen chefs to show off their culinary skills. Every week each chef presents a multi-course dinner and are judged and scored by the society members.
Now it's time to find out the seven chefs who have made it to the final round and will go on to compete at the Come and Get It food and wine experience at Prize Fest in October.
Niema Longstratt - RNL's Cookery Corner
Eleazar Mondragon - Ki' Mexico
Megan Chavez - Prepped Up Meals
Sean Sullivan - Frank's Louisiana Kitchen
John Strand - Accents Personal Chef Service
Anthony Felan - Fat Calf Brasserie
Ryan Gillespie - Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning
"We will be pairing each of those local chefs with one of our visiting celebrity chefs and the two chefs will collaborate to create an incredible team and we saw some incredible dishes last year," said Prize Fest Associate Director Melissa Brannan. "They'll create a dish that is served to attendees as well as a panel of judges this year."
In addition to the revealing of the finalists Prize Foundation Founder and Executive Director Gregory Kallenberg and Brannan announced new additions to Food Prize this year.
First there will be the Golden Spork competition where local food trucks will be battling it out next door to Music Prize for the public's vote.
Then there will be the first-ever Food Prize University where the community will have a collective conversation about the food culture here with chefs and judges from the Food Prize.
Lastly there will be a People's Choice Award for the fan-favorite chef at Food Prize to go along with the Golden Shaker Award for the the fan-favorite cocktail of the night.
Louisiana Prize Fest will take place October 14 - 16 and October 20 - 22, for more information on the festival including how to purchase tickets, visit the Prize Fest website.
Meredith G. White is the arts and culture reporter for the Shreveport Times. You can find her on Facebook as Meredith G. White, on Instagram and Twitter as @meredithgwhite, and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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