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Cast Iron Cook Off

September 18, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm | Free

Organizer: Chattanooga Market, Phone: 423.648.2496 http://chattanoogamarket.com

Calling all FOODIES!

Our annual Cast Iron Cook-off features our city’s most prominent and rising chefs. It’s a chance to watch live as they create culinary delights for our panel of judges, using fresh ingredients right from the Chattanooga Market. Arriving in the morning and armed with their cast iron cookware, serving dishes, but nothing more; the Market provides each chef with a pantry of basic items (salt, sugar, vinegar, etc.), maybe a mystery ingredient or two, and a modest budget so that they may shop the Market for the remaining ingredients they need to prepare their meal. Market patrons watch as the chefs shop, prepare and present a meal that is healthy and fresh, while learning a thing or two to try at home. 

In support of the Tennessee Aquarium’s Serve & Protect event, the Cast Iron Cook-off assists in educating the public about the benefits of cooking with sustainable seafood. Each of our competing chefs will be presented with a surprise sustainable seafood to use in their presenting dishes. During the one hour of cooking time, our guest emcee Dyan Damron, good food guru out of Nashville, will keep the live audience apprised of the chefs’ step-by-step activities, so they don’t miss a thing.

During the final phase of the event, the chefs present their dishes to members of the tasting panel for judging. The panel is asked to judge based on appearance, taste, creativity and overall impression. The Cast Iron Chef winner will receive receive bragging rights, as well as a “golden ticket” to the 2016 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, Alabama this November.


  • Charlie Loomis (returning champion) –  Feed Table and Tavern
  • Andi Cagle – The Culinary Institute of Virginia College
  • Rebecca Baron – St. John’s Restaurant
  • JR Crutcher – Cafe on the Corner
  • Hardin Cowan – Terra Mae


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