Gentlemen's Cooking Classic Draws Impressive Crowd

Gentlemen's Cooking Classic Draws Impressive Crowd


Office of University RElations


AUGUST 18, 2015




Celebrity culinary chefs competed for bragging rights this year at the 16th Annual Gentlemen’s Cooking Classic held on June 20th at the Convention Center in Shreveport, Louisiana.  Sponsored by the Southern University at Shreveport Foundation, nearly one hundred elected officials and community leaders volunteered their time and delicious dishes to support students at Southern University at Shreveport. 

This year’s Classic also featured junior chefs and for the first time in the event’s history, some of the area’s top female chefs, who participated in line with this year’s theme, “Precious Gems and Ladies in the House.”  Mr. “Bill Sharp” Strother and Ms. Keristen Holmes served as ceremony hosts. 

The SUS Foundation was extremely proud of attendance for this year’s event. Foundation Executive Director Frank Williams noted that one of the largest crowds in the history of the event mixed, mingled and sampled fares at the annual event. 

“The Shreveport-Bossier community has long supported this fun and engaging event, and we are once again grateful to be benefactors of their generosity,” noted Williams.  The SUS Foundation also accepted a generous donation in the amount of $6,000.00 from Shreveport Federal Credit Union to assist SUSLA students in furthering their education. 

Awards were given in two divisions (Junior Chefs and Adult Chefs) under various culinary and artistic categories:

Lil Chefs

Overall Winners

1st Place - Tylinn Cawthorne (Wings/Salad); 2nd Place - Carolyn & Rebekah Tarver (Greens/Cornbread); 3rd place (Tie) - Karrington Watts (Wings/Salad); Elijah Brandon (Pastries)

Booth Decorations

1st Place - Ernest Crews; 2nd Place - Elijah Brandon; 3rd Place (Tie) - Carolyn & Rebekah Tarver


Adult Categories


1st Place - Du Monte (Chicken/Pull Pork Nachos); 2nd Place - Shreveport Job Corps (Chili Mexican Dip); 3rd Place - Troquel Riley  (Candy Galore and More)                                               

Side Dish Winners

1st Place - Gloria Phillips  (Sassy Chicken Pasta Casserole); 2nd Place - Ivy Latin (Smoked Red Beans /Rice) 3rd Place -  Jackie White (Pasta Salad)


1st Place - Chef Harris (Shrimp Burger); 2nd Place  - KTAL(Thai Chicken); 3rd Place - Scott Goodstal (Shrimp & Grits)


1st Place - Troquel Riley (Candy Galore and More); 2nd Place - Stormy Watts (Honey Bun Cake); 3rd place- Susan Flowers (Pecan Candy)

Booth Decorations

1st Place – The Times; 2nd Place – Vennetta McCain; 3rd Place – Sheriff Steve Prator


In addition, the SUS Foundation also recognized several community leaders for their service with “Southern  Gents” and “Southern Precious Gems” awards. These recipients included:

Southern Gents:  Dr. Larry Clark, Chancellor, LSU-S; Rev. Theron Jackson, Pastor, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church; Rod Williams, President, University Health

Southern Precious Gems: Earlene Coleman, State Farm; E. Jean Ware, President, Southern University Shreveport Alumni Federation


Hats off to the SUS Foundation—and we look forward to next year’s event!


Southern University at Shreveport, an institution within the Southern University System, seeks to provide a quality education for its students, while being committed to the total community. This institution prepares students for careers in technical and occupational fields; awards certificates and associate degrees as well as offerings and programs that are transferable to other colleges and universities. Dedicated to excellence in instruction and community service, this open enrollment institution promotes cultural diversity, provides developmental and continuing education, and seeks partnerships with business and industry.



Krystle Beauchamp Grindley

Director of University Relations

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