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Tickets Punched at Music City Cookoff


Tickets Punched at Music City Cookoff

Bacon, bananas, whiskey, and yes, you guessed it, Goo Goo Clusters. That was the winning combination for Melissa Corbin at this month’s Music City Cookoff that took place as part of the Taste of Tennessee Festival at the Tennessee State Fair. Corbin’s risky combination of flavors paid off as her “Hunka Hunka Goo Goo-Love” earned he first place prize: a Golden Ticket to Vegas and a $1,000 cash prize.

Corbin, owner of Corbin in the Dell, LLC, a local food and social media consulting service, focuses on local flavors and local ingredients as her passion. Between now and November, she’ll be testing as many desserts as possible until she has the recipe that will make her the 2014 World Food Champion.  

Seafood was king in the other competition at the Music City Cookoff. Ken Hess of Hoss’s BBQ & Catering and chef at the famed BBQ joint in Decatur, Ala., Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, punched his ticket to Vegas with his palette-pleasing Seafood Paella. Hess’ winning dish involved more than just rice and seafood, though.  Hess used his homemade saffron tea, clam and mussel liquor, and shrimp and lobster broth to set his paella head of the rest and earning him top honors and a Golden Ticket.

Corbin and Hess both won a cash prize and qualification into the World Food Championships.  Corbin will compete in the World Dessert Championship, while Hess will battle it out for the title of World Seafood Champion. If they are both lucky enough to be named the champion of their category, they will go head-to-head for $100,000 and the ultimate title of 2014 World Food Champion.  

Additional qualifiers for the World Food Championships included Lynn Smith and Todd Beaird in Dessert, and Carlos Garcia and Jernard Wells in Seafood. Best of luck to all winning competitors as they travel on to Vegas in November.

View the photo gallery from the Music City Cookoff on Facebook 

View the compete scores for the Music City Cookoff below:

Competitor Name of Recipe Overall Execution Appearance Taste
Ken Hess Seafood Paella 84.5 34 36 33
Carlos Garcia Shrimp & Grits Hushpuppies 82.5 32 32 34
Jernard Wells Ultimate Seafood Gumbo  82.5 33 33 33
Mark Medlin Lobster BLT 80.875 33 32 32
Danny Bua, Jr.  Seared Red Snapper w/Lobster & Israeli Couscous salad 80.875 34 33 31
Chris Johnson Shrimp Avocado D'jour 80 31 31 33
Tina Cannon Southern Style Cioppino 80 32 32 32
William Smith Southern Shrimp & Grits w/Andouille Sausage Blue Crabmeat Gravy 79.625 31 30 33
Shane Nasby Honey Jack Shrimp 78.25 30 32 32
Patricia Keltner Lobster Pie 77.875 31 32 31
Christopher Futrell  Pan Seared Perch Crudo 77.875 34 35 28


Competitor Name of Recipe Overall Execution Appearance Taste
Melissa Corbin Hunka Hunka Goo Goo-Love 86.25 35 35 34
Lynn Smith Goo Goo Bread Pudding 83.375 33 32 34
Todd Beaird Goo Goo Golly Miss Molly 83.375 34 33 33
Joanna Carter Goo Goo Brownie Pretzel Pie 82.5 33 33 33
Carole Smith Goo Goo Cobbler 81 33 29 33
Patricia Keltner Goo Goo Cluster Trifle 74.125 31 32 28
Paige Jones Goo Goo Tennessee Whiskey Whoopie Pie 72.875 31 32 27
Mandee McNew Goo Goo Berry Tart  66.125 22 35 27
Monchita Davis Chocolate Raspberry Goo Goo Cluster Cobbler 65.125 27 24 26
Gary Baron Goo Goo Mousse 61.375 25 22 25


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