2012 Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest

In July, 16 judges met at Delgado Community College in New Orleans to determine the winners of the 2012 Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest . The panel, comprised of food writers, chefs, sweet potato industry professionals, and Louisiana government officials, tasted its way through the finalists in each of the contest’s five categories.

Louisiana is the country’s fourth largest sweet potato producing state, so Bruce’s Yams, the Louisiana Sweet Potato Commission, Alexia All Natural Foods, the Louisiana Restaurant Association, New Orleans Menu, Holly Clegg, Louisiana Cookin’, and Delgado Community College came together to spotlight one of our state’s great culinary treasures.

This year’s crop of winning recipes demonstrates the power that the humble sweet potato holds as a gratifying comfort food. Featuring hamburgers, french fries, brownies, and macaroni and cheese, these dishes touch on many of the most iconic American foods. But it doesn’t stop there: Main dish winner Sherry Ricci of Mendon, New York, used them in her spicy, satisfying Vietnamese soup, which illustrates the tuber’s international appeal.

2012 Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest Winners

2012 Sweet Rewards Recipe Contest Grand Prize Winner

Grand Prize Winner
Sweet Potato Chicken Burger by Sugiyarti Jorgenson, Kodiak, Alaska

Cajun Coconut Sweet Frites with Double Dippin’ Sauces

Appetizer Winner
Cajun Coconut Sweet Frites with Double Dippin’ Sauces by Kim Jones, Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Sweet Potato Vietnamese Soup

Main Dish Winner
Sweet Potato Vietnamese Soup by Sherry Ricci, Mendon, New York

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese

Side Dish Winner
Cheesy Sweet Potato Mac by Lisa Talberg, Pollock, Louisiana

Sweet Potato Praline Brownies

Dessert Winner
Sweet Potato Praline Brownies by Dana Territo, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Sweet Potato Corn Spoonbread

Professional Winner
Sweet Potato Corn Spoonbread by Chef Kirsten Schneider, Jacksonville, Florida


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