The L.A. County Fair was overrun with SPAM as the winners of 2002 National SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey Recipe Competition were announced on September 14. Entries were submitted for six different categories: original appetizers, casseroles, salads, stews, stir-frys and sandwiches, all using at least one 12-ounce can of SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey luncheon meat. Each recipe had to be prepared with less than ten ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to prepare. Entries ranged from Turkey SPAM Artichoke Dip to Island SPAMbrosia to Turkey SPAM Yam Bake.
The grand prize went to Cheryl Ankeney of Anaheim. A seasoned pro at cooking with SPAM, Ankeney has entered the L.A. County Fair SPAM recipe contest for the past 15 years. In 1993 she won for her entry of SPAM cheesecake. This year Ankeney’s recipe of Creamy SPAM Broccoli Pastry Shells was awarded first place. In addition to winning a 1st Place ribbon, $150, and a SPAM apron, her recipe will be submitted into the National Best SPAM Recipe Contest. If she becomes the National Grand Prize winner, she will receive an all expenses paid trip to Minneapolis with a $2,500 spending spree at Mall of America and have her recipe printed on five million cans of SPAM.
The 2nd Place winner was Lisa Carter of Lakewood for her entry of Touch-of-Gold Spam-Rice Salad. This was the eighth time Carter has entered the contest but the first time she has won. She received a ribbon, a SPAM apron and $50.
Chyrel Ojeda of Pasadena took 3rd Place with her SPAM Egg Rolls. This was the second time she has entered the contest and the first time she has won. She received a ribbon, a SPAM apron and $25.
For more information about the L.A. County Fair, call (909) 623-3111 or visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com. chi