You know it’s a big occasion when it involves a cast-iron crown. Matthews baker Andria Gaskins took home the prize as the winner of the National Cornbread Cook-Off in Pittsburg, Tenn.
Gaskins was the winner April 26 with her original recipe for Roasted Tomato and Bacon Cobbler. She used the flavors of a traditional tomato pie topped with cornbread flavored with bacon and sun-dried tomato.
Sponsored by Martha White and Lodge Cast Iron, the cornbread contest prizes also include $5,000 and a stainless steel gas range. Gaskins was the grand prize winner out of nine finalists who made it to the contest at the National Cornbread Festival.
Gaskins, a baker and cooking teacher, in a frequent finalist and winner of cooking contests and placed third in the cornbread contest in 2011. Charlotte cooking-contest regular Janice Elder also is a previous winner.
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