West Virginia Cook-Off
The Cook-Off might best be described as West Virginia’s culinary trade fair. Just as Tamarack showcases the artists and artisans of the state, the Cast Iron Cook-Off showcases its culinary talent and attractions.
Cook-Off judges have included such national and international culinary celebrities as Dickie Brennan, Fred Raynard, Lee Ann Wong, Farmer Lee Jones and Rod Stoner, winner of the West Virginia Tourism life-time achievement award.
The event draws participants and chefs from around the region. Of the 120 Cook-Off “foodies” who participated on teams in January, 2008, 20% were from DC/Maryland or Pittsburgh and other nearby states. Some of the properties represented include: Café Cimino, Stonewall Resort, Bridge Road Bistro, Provence Market, Smokey’s on the Gorge, the Charleston Marriott Hotel, Berry Hills Country Club and the Greenbrier Resort.
Saturday evening’s Awards presenatation and Taste of the Mountains Dine Around and Recption. The Pioneer Award, established to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to fostering and forwarding tourism in West Virginia, is also presented.