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RoadKill Cook-off prize up to a grand

- September 2, 2009

   (Marlinton) Today sponsors of the WV RoadKill Cook-off announced the first place prize increased to one thousand dollars, with four hundred fifty and two hundred twenty five dollar prize money for second and third place.  David Cain, chairperson of the Pocahontas County Chamber of Commerce RoadKill committee announced besides the increase in pay out, the popular People’s Choice Award has been reinstated.  “This year,” said Cain, “people will be given a ticket when they buy their armband and that ticket is to vote for one of the teams for the People’s Choice Award.” 
   Ed Blackford, from Blacksburg Virginia, spokesman for the award winning cooking team Coal Hollow Boys said his group usually spends considerably more for ingredients and staying two or three days in the area.  “It’s not about the prize money,” he said, “it’s about the bragging rights!”
   This year’s roster of judges includes a publisher, a culinary student and a chef/instructor.  Nikki Bowman, a West Virginia native, is the founding editor-in-chief of WV LIVING. She graduated from West Virginia University in 1992 and received her master’s degree in Writing from DePaul University in Chicago.  She is the former editor of Mississippi Magazine, the state’s premier, award-winning lifestyle publication, which has a circulation of 50,000. Nikki has won several industry awards, including the 2005 CASE Grand Award for Improvement of Overall Publications Program, 2006 SPRF Award of Merit for Amicus Magazine, a 2006 Mississippi ADDY award, and 2007 PRAM Award of Excellence.
   Kathleen Wilcox is a culinary student at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and has been an editor and reporter for 10 years, covering everything from business to lifestyle and food.  Currently she writes for the Web site www.eatmedaily.com, a site that covers business to lifestyle to food.  Her recent series on “Eating Appalachian:  In Search of real American Cuisine in Hidden Hollers” has won regional acclaim. 
   The third judge is Jay R. Mahoney who many may know from Fairmont WV.  Mahoney is currently a chef/instructor at Pierpont Culinary Academy at Fairmont State University.  He has cooked for such personalities as Elton John, Jerry Garcia, Frank Sinatra and Senator John McCain.  Mahoney is a certified Executive Chef and received a Culinary Arts diploma from the Greenbrier Apprenticeship program. 
   More information about the WV RoadKill Cook-off can be found at www.pccocwv.com.


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