Charleston's Mac & Cheese Cook-Off

By Candace Nelson - 6:00 PM

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Recently, I attended the Childhood Language Center Presents Charleston's Mac & Cheese Cook-Off.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

This event is so fun because there are dozens of local folks making macaroni & cheese all for a good cause.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

And lucky me, I was able to be a judge!

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

People's Federal Credit Union - This one was a baked mac and very cheesy.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Capital Insurance Group - This one from Donteako is always amazing and quite sweet. They had my second place vote.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

WV Eye Consultants - This was a take on a Thanksgiving macaroni & cheese, fried into a ball with a cranberry sauce on top. Mmmm. They had my third place vote.

Mac & Cheese BakeoffAsher Agency - This one had a truffle sauce and had a strong umami flavor - tasty.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Children's Home Society - This one had bacon which always adds some salty flavor.

City of Charleston - The City of Charleston made theirs on a waffle iron (and with waffle batter), topped with sriracha and honey.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Darin Fisher Kitchens/Cory Stout/ Muffin's Meat - This was made with bacon fat and truffle.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Shannon's Cottage Kitchen - Shannon is starting her own home business with the new cottage foods law! And this one had a great flavor.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Recovery Point - Topped with some green onion, this mac & cheese had a bit of freshness.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Thevenin Family - Queso mac & cheese was so creamy!

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Herman & Company - This was a super creamy mac & cheese that you could definitely tell had some sour cream or cream cheese in it.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Stephen Fernandez - OK, I may be biased since he's a relative of my best friend's family. But this was SO GOOD. It earned my #1 vote because it had bulgogi, nori, sesame and an amazing flavor.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Big Joe's - Macaroni & cheese topped with pot roast.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Sherry Gordon - This small bite was pretty straightforward.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Jeff's Curbside - Just a little heat.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Bellaire at Devonshire - Topped with pulled pork and BBQ sauce.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Chick-fil-A - This one is pretty straightforward.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Sears Monument - pumpkin mac & cheese!

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Jonnie's Meat Market - Always delicious.


Mac & Cheese Bakeoff
Charleston Surgical Hospital - very creamy bowtie pasta.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Edible Arrangements - ham, pineapple mac & cheese.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Rainbow Pride - naturally dyed pastas!

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

Niki Kurten - six cheeses with monterey jack, swiss, gouda, goat cheese, cheddar and parmesan.

Mac & Cheese Bakeoff

WINNERS:

Judges Choice:
1st-Stephen Fernandez AND Big Joe’s
2nd - Muffin’s Meat Shack
3rd - Charleston Surgical Hospital

People’s Choice:
2nd - Niki Kurten and Chef Tim Arden formerly of Paternos
3rd - Sherry Gordon

Kid’s Choice:
2nd - WV Children’s Home Society

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