Acadiana priests square off in ‘Collarnary Cook Off’ fundraiser to decide bragging rights for best gumbo _lowres

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO - Father Bryce Sibley of Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Student Center stirs his gumbo, on his way to winning the People's Choice Award in the second annual Collar-nary Cook Off at Vermilionville in Lafayette Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. The event, a benefit for the John Paul the Great Academy, featured a gumbo cook off between eleven priests a seminary school.

Eleven Acadiana Catholic priests and some seminarians on Saturday will compete in the Collarnary Cook Off at Vermilionville, where attendees will be invited to “Stir the Pot” by tasting from each pot of gumbo, then voting for their favorite.

Though advance tickets are sold out, a limited number of tickets will be sold at the gates. Tickets cost $50 each, and to vote on the best gumbo will cost $1 per vote.

And in a popularity contest, people can also pay $1 per vote by going online and selecting a favorite priest, or the group of seminarians — men studying to become priests — who have formed a gumbo team.

The Collarnary Cook Off, an annual event that began in 2013, is a fundraiser for John Paul the Great Academy. The group of seminarians on the gumbo team are attending John Paul the Great Academy.

Priests who have signed on to compete: the Revs. Andre Metrejean, Bryce Sibley, Kevin Bordelon, William Schambough, Nick Dupre, Bill Melancon, Chester Arceneaux, Sam Fontana, Jude Halphen, Patrick Broussard and Keenan Brown.

“You get to decide who is the best cook, as they go ‘Collar to Collar’ in a fun competition like no other,” the cook off’s Web page boasts.

The doors open at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, and the competition begins at 6 p.m.