DeRidder chefs compete in cook-off

By Crystal Price - bio | email

DERIDDER, LA (KPLC) - DeRidder Main Street and the Historical Downtown Alliance hosted the 3rd Annual Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown DeRidder.

The event, also known as La Cuisine de Beauregard, consisted of 8 different chefs from all over southwest Louisiana who prepared a different cuisine for hundreds to sample.

More than 400 participants sampled the different cuisines and voted on their favorite chef.

Participants picked Josh McMann of DeRidder as their "Top Chef" at this year's annual food festival. McMann served jambalaya that he and his family use a secret recipe to cook.

"I really didn't expect to win anything but it turned out good," said McMann.  "It's good to know people really liked it."

McMann also won the award for the booth with the best presentation. This award is presented to the contestant with the booth that coordinates the best with the ethnicity of the dish that is being prepared.

Although winning the award is a huge honor, McMann and the other chefs said the purpose of the food festival is to keep the Cajun culture alive.

"It's purpose is to keep the historical site and the food in the area," said Chad Farris, a festival contestant.

Billy Darbonne won 2nd place in the Top Chef competition followed by the Cracklin Brothers who placed 3rd in this year's competition.

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