Food Prize competition is the tastiest part of Prize Fest

Five local chefs have sharpened their knives and mind to win.

Excellent chefs call the Ark-La-Tex home. Every year the Louisiana Food Prize competition showcases the best in our area. On Friday, October 4, five of the best masters of the kitchen compete to win the Battle of the Golden Fork. Under the Prize Big Top in the middle of Texas Street, a mystery basket of ingredients await the final competitors. Each of them must create a culinary classic using the secret ingredients to wow the celebrity judges. One chef will walk away with the Golden Fork trophy and $5,000.

Admission is free to the public for the Battle of the Golden Fork. The event starts at 7:00pm on October 4.

In alphabetical order, here are the five finalists…

Food Prize Megan Chavex Megan Chavez – During her culinary development, she realized the importance and power of quality ingredients and mindfulness of what we eat which led to her passion for educating people on living healthy lifestyles. With a growing meal prep company Prepped Up Meals under her belt before the age of 25, she opened her first restaurant Tempo Eatery at 29.

Food Prize Jessice Comegys Jessica Comegys – Jesssica started here culinary career as the pastry chef at a local casino. Now, as the creator of Caspiana Catering and Meal Prep, and a certified holistic health coach she has dedicated herself to helping people set their wellness goals and achieve overall happiness in all areas of life.

Niema Longstratt Neima Longstratt – Niema is a chef, and in her spare time, she enjoys preparing and sharing her deliciously creative authentic African cuisine which she fuses with American flavors.

Robert Minor Food Prize Robert Minor – He attended Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007, graduating Supa Cum Laude. Robert joined Margaritaville Resort Casino┬áin 2017, as Executive Sous Chef, bringing more than 20 years of culinary experience in a wide variety of styles and techniques.

Eleazar Mondragon Eleazar Mondragon – Eleazar is co-owner of Ki Mexico with his brother where his mother, father, and cousin also work. He won the Louisiana Food Prize Battle for the Golden Fork in 2017 and has been a returning competitor three years in a row.


The Battle of the Golden Fork is one of many events surrounding Food Prize. They bring in several nationally-renowned chefs to spread their knowledge and flavors to the Ark-La-Tex.

Come and Get It! A Food, Wine and Spirits Experience – Wednesday, October 2 – 6:00pm – Remington Suite Hotel. Each chef prepares one-of-a-kind tastings to go along with special cocktails.

Chef Demonstration – Thursday, October 3 – 11:30am – Remington Suite Hotel. See how these master celebrity chefs create their delicious concoctions.

Mixed at the Prize – Thursday, October 3 – 5:00pm – Remington Suite Hotel. Some local bartenders mix things up along with the chefs. These cocktails will only be served during here during Prize Fest. It’s the perfect lead in to the Music Prize Discovery Showcase.

Battle for the Golden Fork Local Cookoff – Friday, October 4 – 7:00pm – Prize Big Top. Free to everyone!

2nd Annual Gospel Brunch – Saturday, October 5 – 11:00am – Music Prize Garage. Start the last day of Prize Fest off with a gospel choir and service. You’ll think you’re in heaven when you eat the biscuits from world-famous Biscuit Queen, Chef Regina Charboneau from Natchez.

Tickets can be purchased for each of the event (the final competition is free to watch) or get in to all of them with the Pro and VIP Platinum Pass here.

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