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December 2009

Charleston Cooks Recipe Contest

The Charleston Magazine Recipe Contest & Cook-off

Last summer, we asked for entries to the inaugural Charleston Cooks Recipe Contest, and readers responded in droves. Charleston food editor Marion Sullivan and Charleston Cooks!’ Danielle Wexler culled the best, and the Culinary Institute of Charleston fired up its stoves for a live cook-off. After four 30-minute rounds of head-to-head competition, judges Marion Sullivan, Maverick Southern Kitchens’ David Marconi, and award-winning cookbook author Nathalie Dupree deliberated on the dishes’ use of local ingredients, originality, preparation, presentation, and taste.

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Revamped Clam Chowder

WINNER! {Appetizer}

Required major ingredient: Locally harvested shellfish

Dawn Baker

Butternut Squash Purée

WINNER! {Side Dish}

Required major ingredient: South Carolina-grown vegetable or grain

Marion Mathes

Classy Quail

WINNER! {Entrée}

Required major ingredient: South Carolina-harvested or -raised fish or game

Lou Rena Hammond

Lowcountry Cannoli

WINNER! {Dessert}

Required major ingredient: Locally or historically significant product

Seth Purvin

Sustainable Seafood Gumbo

Runner-Up {Appetizer}

Sarah Digangi

Muscadine & Pecan Late Summer Chicken Salad

Runner-Up {Side Dish}

Stephanie Jo Chapa

Crusted Grouper with Country Ham & Blueberry Sauce

Runner-Up {Main Dish}

Dawn Baker

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Caramel Benne Seed Glaze, Orange Chantilly Cream, & Ginger Benne Seed Brittle

Runner-Up {Dessert}

Carol Cummings


Photographs by Helene Dujardin