The St. Landry Chamber of Commerce held its 20th annual Soirée Royale, culinary competition Monday evening.
The cooking competition and tasting event was held at the Evangeline Downs Event Center. Proceeds from the event will be funding the Chamber’s annual scholarship program and promoting the Culture of Culinary Excellence in St. Landry Parish.
Last month, Chamber President Raquel Manuel touted the celebration noting that new dishes and chefs would be joining the event this year.
“We are keeping with the tradition of having one of the best culinary events in the state and adding some extra spice with new dishes, new chefs, and even more fun for our guests,” Manuel said.
Celebrity judges from across the state award first place winners for each of the seven culinary categories. Guests were allowed to sample each dish and vote for their favorite in the “People’s Choice Award” category. This year’s event had over 30 chefs from across the state with over 40 different dishes.
“One of the things we’re highly invested in is our future, so the way we promote that is by providing scholarships to students in st. Landry parish schools. A lot of the money goes to a lot of programming at the chamber, but thousands of dollars worth go to scholarships we award to students with academic success in our community,” Manuel said.