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Solomon Temple AME Zion Church has won the first annual JaxCoHome Gumbo Cook-Off. The church was awarded the ‘Golden Ladle’ trophy in front of the entire fairgrounds. The competition was judged by Alan Sudduth of Chevron, Cedric Sargent, owner of Mississippi Sound Seafood, and Chelsea Gee with Ad.In Advertising.
The judging criteria was based on taste, presentation and consistency. “Solomon Temple had 5/5 rankings for each category. Their gumbo had a slight kick to it, but wasn’t too spicy. It was presented in a tasteful fashion and the consistency was perfect”, says Alan Sudduth.
It was not an easy competition to judge and several other churches came close to also taking home the prized golden ladle. Safe Harbor UMC placed 2nd and Morning Star Baptist Church followed in 3rd place. However, Safe Harbor UMC took home the ‘People’s Choice’ award for the public’s favorite gumbo.
“We hope everyone had a great time and the churches enjoyed a little friendly competition”, says Jamey Foster,-MC of the event. “JaxCoHome is already excited for next year’s event and we hope that everyone will bring their best gumbo to win back the golden ladle for their church”, says Foster.
JaxCoHome would like to thank everyone who came out to watch and the churches for allowing us to have fun with this.