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The Katy Rice Harvest Festival’s Cooking Competition is one of the kick-off events for the annual event. The 2011 Cooking Competition was held Saturday, Sept. 24 at Hasta La Pasta. The competition is sponsored by CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, and Alan Gunn served as the competition’s chairman.

The Rice Cooking Contest entries were judged on taste, creativity, appearance and recipe.  Several unique dishes were submitted this year. A new category was added for Heart Healthy Recipes.

Cooking Competition winners included:

Appetizer/Side Dish/Salad
First Place – Corey Lineberry, Pinedareas Rice Cakes with Cilantro Lime Ranch
Second Place – Donna Johnson, Ham Cranberry Rice Salad
Third Place – Cody Hix, Cajun Gumbo Pie

Entrée/Main Dish
First Place – Meagan Peoples, Leaf Salad
Second Place – Elosia Lavigne, Uphill Battle

First Place – Allison Loesch, Coconut Tres Leches Cupcakes
Second Place – Donna Johnson, White Chocolate Mousse Brownie Rice Dessert
Third Place – Rhiannan Stegenga, Sweet Crème Rice Crepe with Raspberry Rice Mousse

Any Recipe Using Rice
First Place – Allison Loesch, Grilled Shrimp with Sweet and Spicy Rice
Second Place – Meagan Peoples, Portobello Cow Patties
Third Place – Lynne Waldo, Green Chile Rice Enchiladas

Junior Chief
First Place – Ciara Mitchell, Momma T’s Billion Dollar Pie
Second Place – Rhiannan Stegenga, Seafood Creole Rice Dumplings with Crème Fresh Mint Sauce
Third Place – Amanda Waldo, Luscious Strawberry Bread

Heart Healthy
First Place – Lalitha Subramanian, Heart Healthy Kurma
Second Place – Darrin Loesch, Warm Rice Pecan Vinaigrette Salad
Third Place – Monica Toepfer, Rice’n Eggplant Veggie Patty

Best of Show
Corey Lineberry, Pinedareas Rice Cakes with Cilantro Lime Ranch

More information can be obtained by calling the chamber office at 281-391-5289 or visiting www.katychamber.com.

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Best of Show Winner Corey Lineberry
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