Spicy & Hot: Imperial Calcasieu Museum's Jambalaya Cookoff

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was canceled earlier this month because of the weather, but this weekend the rains didn't stop the Imperial Calcasieu's first annual Jambalaya Cookoff.

"We decided to call it the rain or shine, hell or high water Jambalaya Cookoff. So we're here and cooking, we've had quiet a few people come out," said Susan Reed, executive director at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum.

Three teams competed for top prize. Among them were CITGO, the Westlake Rotary Club and Sasol. I had the privilege of tasting them all and believe me it was a hard competition to judge.

"You've tasted them all? And you said they were all good? Well, what makes ours the best is the sausage and spice. In order to have good jambalaya, you have to have good sausage," said Donnie Istre from Team CITGO - 1st Place winners.

"We got second place, but ours was the best because there wasn't any left," said Wilridge Doucet from Westlake Rotary Club Team.

"It doesn't matter who wins we're just glad we can help the Imperial Calcasieu Museum and get a lot of people together for a lot of good food," said Joe Duffel from Team Sasol - 3rd Place winners.

All the money raised will help continue programs at the museum.

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