Cook-off competition for Grace JA Jerk Festival in NY

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The inaugural staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York will take place on Sunday, July 24 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Local celebrities, professional chefs and amateurs will fire up their grills and compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights in the Jerk Cook Off, one of the many activities scheduled to take place at the event.

The producers of the highly successful and popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Florida, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. has partnered with VP Records to stage this exciting family-friendly festival in New York.

Participants are required to provide everything they need for cooking, and each entrant must prepare any three dishes from four categories jerk chicken and jerk pork, a seafood category, and a fourth that includes beef, mutton, lamb, vegetable or vegetarian items such as tofu or veggie meat.

Contestants will be awarded points on presentation, chef's appearance, neatness of work area, taste, texture and tenderness of their food, and the "want more factor."

The victor gets, US$500 in cash and the prestigious Dutch Pot trophy, runners up and third place finishers will be awarded US$250 and US$100 respectively.                                           

In the past, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival has showcased menu items such as Jerk rice, jerk burgers, jerk tofu, jerk lobster, jerk ice cream and jerk popcorn and this year, patrons attending the event in New York will have an opportunity to sample some of the culinary treats.

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