Cooks Needed for Roadkill Cook-off


There’s still time to register as a cook for this year’s Roadkill Cook-off, which will take place at the Autumn Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 27th.

According to Vice President of the Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce Paula Garretson, there are four competitors so far. “The first one, the head cook is named Shawn Smith, and her group is called the Hot Potty Cooks, and she is from Buckeye, WV, and her recipe is called Chunks and More.”

“We have the Coal Hollow Brothers, that is Ed Blackford who is the head cook, and he is from  Christiansburg, VA, and their recipe is called Hunter Venison with Wild Mushrooms.”

“Then we have the Woodrow Woodrats. The head cook is Bill Jordan and they’re from Marlinton, WV, and their recipe is called Three Amigo Stew.”

“The last one is Ed Fisher and his groups name is called Mama Mia, and they’re from West Virginia, and their recipe is called Brazed Venison with Portabella Mushrooms, Celery Root, and Toasted Pecans.”

The cooking begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the judging starts at noon. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams chosen by the panel of judges.

“We have three judges this year,” Garretson said. “They are Amy Goodwin, the West Virginia Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the Commissioner of Tourism. We have Steven Keith; he’s the Senior Editor of Miles Magazine. He also writes a column for the Charleston Daily News called ‘The Food Guide.’ And we have a gentleman that goes by ‘Uncle Millie,’ and he’s a gourmet chef of wild game and he’s from Michigan.”

Garretson said that normally, registration after September 15th is $45. But if you say you heard this story on Allegheny Mountain Radio, registration will be free.

“They get a beautiful plaque, and they get cash money,” Garretson said, “and it’s just a great experience to take your wonderful recipe and share it with over 2,000-3,000 people from all over the United States and all over the world.”

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Megan Moriarty

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