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January 28, 2013

The Cast Iron Skillet Cook-Off scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 1st and 2nd at The Greenbrier is a gathering of some of the region’s best chefs and cooks, farmers and state officials. The competition demonstrates the amazing talents of eight teams  from all over West Virginia. Each team will prepare four courses for the judges and one dish of each course will be on display for a People’s Choice award. People can visit the competition and vote for their favorite display.soup

The three top teams from last year will be competing in a Throw-Down, preparing a three-course meal for tables of eight people who have paid for the treat.  Also judged, the expectations are high and the competitive atmosphere may be a bit more tense.diners

As the reputation of the Cast Iron Skillet Cook-Off has spread, a third competition will be held this year.  There will be also be a SuperBowl where three teams will cook. The chefs from last year’s ThrowDown will represent West Virginia but there will also a team from the Asheville, North Carolina area and another from southwestern Virginia/northeastern Tennessee.prep

Meanwhile, in another part of the Greenbrier, an informativel Colloquium will be running, presenting concepts as well as experiences that will enhance cultural tourism of the Appalachian region. Attendees will hear about how music, art and food can attract travelers who are looking to experience the region’s best.

Bethany_College_WV_logoYou can watch it all! Bethany College, located in West Virginia’s northern panhandle, has a world class Communications Department. M.E. Gamble, Department Chair, has been attending the Cast Iron event for many years in various capacities. This year she and her students will be providing a live-stream video feed that you can  watch by going to  http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bethanywvadmin.portal#. Streaming will start Saturday at 9:30.

So, if you can’t attend to cheer on your favorite chef, watch the live stream and you will get to see all the fun, even if you can’t enjoy the aromas!cooking 7busybbacon

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