International Rice Festival Event

Chef de Riz

Rice Poker Run

 The annual Rice Creole & Cookery Contest will be held Friday October 18th 2019.

Entries from All Ages bring in prepared dishes for the judges delight.

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Rice & Creole Cookery Contest

 Friday October 18th, 2019
Categories In Each Division Will Be:

1. Rice and Meat 3. Rice Salad or Vegetable

2. Rice and Seafood 4. Rice Dessert


Boys and Girls 8 to 10 years of age Boys and Girls 11 to 12 years of age

Premiums in each category are: Premiums in each category are:
1st - $15.00 6th - $5.00 1st - $15.00 6TH - $5.00
2ND - $10.00 7TH - $5.00 2ND - $10.00 7TH - $5.00
3RD - $ 7.50 8TH - $5.00 3RD - $7.50 8TH - $5.00
4TH - $7.50 9TH - $5.00 4TH - $7.50 9TH - $5.00
5TH - $7.50 10TH - $5.00 5TH - $7.50 10TH - $5.00


Boys and Girls 13 to 18 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school. Must be 18 years and over.

Premiums in each category are: Premiums in each category are:
1st - $20.00 6th - $5.00 1st - $40.00 6th - $5.00
2nd - $15.00 7th - $5.00 2nd - $25.00 7th - $5.00
3rd - $10.00 8th - $5.00 3rd - $20.00 8th - $5.00
4th - $7.50 9th - $5.00 4th - $15.00 9th - $5.00
5th - $7.50 10th - $5.00 5th - $12.00 10th - $5.00


1. Chef de Riz will be selected from the first place winners in the eight categories in Adult and Teen Divisions in the Rice and Creole Cookery Contest. Winner will be named the International Rice Festival Chef de Riz for the year. Chef de Riz may be called on to represent the Rice Festival during the year. Winner will be awarded $100.00 cash and an engraved plaque.

2. Chef de Riz will be selected based on rice dish score and an interview with judges on his or her knowledge of the nutritional value of rice, cooking qualities of rice and types and varieties of rice.

3. To be considered for the title of Chef de Riz, the contestant must be present at the Acadia LSU AgCenter at 10:45 a.m. to be interviewed.


1. Junior Chef will be selected from the Tri-Color winners in the Children & Intermediate Division in the Rice & Creole Cookery Contest. Winner will be named the Rice Festival Junior Chef for the year. Winner will be awarded $25 cash and a plaque.


• Contest will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Acadia LSU AgCenter located at 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley, Louisiana

• Dishes must be entered from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Only chilled entries will be accepted for judging. Judging will be held from 9:30a.m. until 12:00 noon. If needed, samples of each dish will be heated prior to judging.

• At least one (1) cup of cooked rice must be included in dish and listed in recipe. Wild rice is not cultivated rice in Louisiana and does not meet the recipe requirement of 1 cup of rice. Dishes containing rice products such as rice cereals, rice flour, etc. must also contain cooked rice. The exhibit must include the number of servings indicated on the recipe. For example, if the recipe states that it serves six, then the entire six servings must be displayed.

• NEW RULE: Gumbos, soups, etoufees, stews and such must have one (1) cup of cooked rice in the dish and NOT served on the side.

• Contestants are limited to one entry in each category in their division. Recipes become sole property of the International Rice Festival, to be published at the discretion of the International Rice Festival.

• Ribbons will be given for the top ten places in each category. Tri-Color ribbons and a $25 cash award will be awarded the Best Overall dishes in the Adult, Teen, Intermediate and Children’s Divisions.

• Division winners (First Place, Tri-Color, & Junior Chef) will be announced at 11:30 a.m.

• Judging for Chef de Riz will begin at 10:45 a.m. This will include interview and dish score. Chef de Riz winner will be announced as close to 12:00 noon as possible.

• Chef de Riz and Tri-Color winners should be present to receive awards on the Main Platform in front of the Acadia Parish Court House at 1:15 p.m. on the day of the contest.

• Covers and dishes must be labeled with exhibitor number to be obtained at registration. The International Rice Festival Association is not liable for dishes lost at the contest. Dishes – Pick up as soon as judging is complete and awards have been announced. DISHES CANNOT BE PICKED UP UNTIL WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

CLICK HERE for Entry Form