This year at the NC State fair was the first time the NC Soybean Producers Association participated in the annual cooking contest. Spectacular judges were on board, who knew how to critique each flavor as a “work of art.” Eight soybean dishes were submitted for the contest. Ken Smith from WRAL-TV and FOX 5 news, Debbie Matthews, a news reporter from Sanford Herald, Henderson Dispatch and Chatham News, Chef Matt Matthews; who trained at Johnson Wales in Charlotte, Chef Jessica Bueno from Brazil, Chef Joseph Fasy from BASF, Dr. Deborah Crandall, retired District Extension Director and a Registered Dietician and Mrs. Debbie Cook, MS in Home Economic, all came out to test the creative dishes that the contestants submitted. The judges were amazed at how each dish offered a creative yet healthy way to please any palate.
At the end of the day, fairgoers learned about the value of the soy in their diet. It can be easily added to any meal as a complete protein.
- Tofu Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce with Edamame
- Raspberry Cheesecake Dip
- Tofu Vegetarian Meatballs
- Chile de soya Blanco (Soy with white beans)
- Tofu cheeseburger pulls
- Asian Edamame Chicken Salad
- Edamame Mac N Cheese Bites
- Edamame Pasta Salad
1st Place – Blue Ribbon Winner of $200 was the Tofu Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce with Edamame
Lou Mitchell – Raleigh
2nd Place – Red Ribbon Winner of $150 was Asian Edamame Chicken Salad
Yvonne Payton-Davis- Knightdale
3rd Place – White Ribbon Winner of $125 was Raspberry Cheesecake Dip
Whitney Schnorr – Raleigh
Thanks to everyone who submitted a receipe and to our judges! We look forward to seeing you all next year!
Pictured top LtoR: Lisa Lincoln, NCDA&CS; Ken Smith, WRAL-TV; Laura Rogers, NCSPA; Jackie Hudson, NCDA&CS; Debbie Matthews, Sanford Herold; Matt Mathews, Chef