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The latest and greatest in oysters

Another year, another National Oyster Cook-Off in Leonardtown, Maryland. It was the 32nd event where award-winning recipes were prepared and served to a panel of three judges. Contestants came from as far away as California, Oregon, Louisiana, and New Jersey and, of course, several locations in Maryland were represented.

The judges’ job was to select a first-, second- and third-place winner in three categories: Hors d’oeuvres, Soups and Stews, and Main Dishes; and to choose the best in the show from the first-place winners. They also decided which entry was presented in the most fashionable manner to win the presentation award. What a gourmet treat the two ladies and one gentleman had, and festival visitors also had the pleasure of tasting the identical dishes. They voted for the people’s choice award, the entry they thought was the best in the cook-off.

It’s a serious business in judging. You taste, you discuss and perhaps re-taste. When the final choice ...

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