Cowboy Dutch Oven Cook-Off heats up in Paradise

Annual Dutch Oven Cook-Off heats up in Paradise

PARADISE, Calif. - Hundreds of people showed up to get a taste of competitor concoctions at the third annual Cowboy Dutch Oven Cook-Off in Paradise today.

About a dozen teams of cooks spent Saturday morning cooking just like the pioneers once did.

Nowadays, Dutch ovens are often heated in ovens, but cowboys once cooked in the vessels by heating up coals and stacking them around the cast iron pots.

Teams came from up and down California and from Reno as well.

Barbara Hannah, of Reno, has competed on the national level in Dutch oven cook-offs, and said it can be a tricky science.

"You're outside, you know, if it's cold or if it's too hot then it becomes harder. Your pots are going to stay cold or get too hot. And wind is also a huge factor," Hannah said.

Doug Teeter, Butte County Supervisor for District 5, which includes Paradise, also competed and said the event has an old-fashioned feel.

"We're out here under the shade and the music in the background just makes a real pleasant experience," Teeter said. "That small town country feel is definitely alive and well in Paradise this weekend."

Competitors were required to make a main course and dessert to qualify.

Judges included California Congressman for District 1, Republican Doug LaMalfa.

Proceeds from the event go to support the Gold Nugget Museum on Pearson Road.

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