Fourteen crockpot chefs gathered Saturday afternoon in Getzendaner Park, testing their recipes and supporting a fundraiser for the Midlothian Team Cayman Relay For Life team and the American Cancer Society.
“This is our first year, but we hope this will become an annual tradition,” organizers Soledad Steele ands Ashley Allen said of the event, in which chefs were divided into four groups: chili, soup, meat and brisket.
Winning the soup division was Allen with her tortilla soup recipe. Taking top honors for chili was Michael Steele, with his home mix that included beans.
Jerod Marshall was the winner of the meat dish and the prizewinning barbecue was served up by Laura Johnson.
Team Cayman is one of several teams that will compete in the annual event supporting the American Cancer Society. Team Cayman is named after Cayman Steele, a 7-year-old Northside Elementary student who has been in remission for two years since his diagnosis of liver cancer. Cayman is the son of team volunteers Michael and Soledad Steele.
After the judging, several families came in to sample the culinary entries. Enjoying the warm sunny day, families and friends set out their spreads on the picnic benches surrounding the pavilion.
One group from Waxahachie who came out to support the team benefit called themselves the “Four Sisters.”
“We are the four granddaughters of Etta Pearl Johnson of Waxahachie. Two of us have lost family members to cancer. We are here to support their efforts,” Marsha Fox said.