More than two dozen men — mostly amateur cooks — vied for prizes and bragging rights at the second annual Men are Cooking Night benefiting The Young Leaders Academy of Baton Rouge Inc.
An eclectic mix of favorite dishes from shrimp and crawfish étouffée and boiled turkey necks to chicken fettuccine and a sausage-stuffed pork loin roast tempted guests at the fundraiser held Nov. 22 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Witter Hall in Baton Rouge.
Keith Jenkins, of Houston, won first place in the seafood and meat category for his shrimp, crawfish and grits dish served with fried catfish. Taking second was David Bowers for his barbecued chicken and third went to Brian Hilton for his pulled pork with pork and beans.
Winners in the soup, stews and gumbo category were Uland Price, first; Kevin Alber, second; and Michael Byrd, third.
Yusuf Atkins was awarded first in the sides and vegetables category for his sweet potato casserole while Marvin Price Sr. took second and Alvin Anderson, third.
Herbert Harry won the Louisiana specialities category with his boiled turkey necks and potatoes, and Russell J. Sanders won the professional chefs category.
Executive Director Tonya G. Robertson said The Young Leaders Academy, an award-winning leadership and educational nonprofit program which serves urban-area boys, many from single-parent homes, is celebrating 21 years of “leadership, scholarship and service.”