Rice Cook Off Winners 2015

Pictured, from left: Barbara McManus, President Port of Lake Charles Board of Commissioners; Rainbeaux Teague (1st place); Janner Roach (2nd Place); Shamarah Victorian (3rd Place); Austin Lisotta (Most Heart Healthy Dish); Adam Habetz, President Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers Association.

Lake Charles, La.—Sept. 23, 2015—In celebration of September as National Rice Month, the Calcasieu-Cameron Rice Growers sponsored the 18th Annual Rice Cook-Off on Tues., Sept. 22. The Port of Lake Charles hosted the event and sponsored the awards luncheon. Family and Consumer Science students from thirteen area middle schools and high schools participated in the event.

1st place for the “Best Dish” category went to Rainbeaux Teague (Mexican Brown Rice Salad) of Westlake High School; 2nd place went to Janner Roach (Creole Stuffed Beef Roast) of Iowa Middle School; 3rd place was awarded to Shamarah Victorian (Taco Rice) of Washington-Marion High School; and “Most Heart Healthy” dish to Austin Lisotta (Veggie Jambalaya) of South Beauregard School. Farmers Rice Milling Co., Inc. sponsored rice cookers for each contestant.

The production, milling and exportation of rice have major economic effects on Southwest Louisiana, and the event helps to educate local students in health and nutrition issues facing Southwest Louisiana families.

For more information, contact Jimmy Meaux at 337-475-8812 or Michelle Bolen with the Port of Lake Charles at 337-493-3501.