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Missoula residents cook to bring awareness to breast cancer

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Aug 08 2013 10:47:26 PM MDT
Cook-off brings breast cancer awareness
MISSOULA, Mont. -

NBC Montana's own Adam Painter had the honor of helping to judge the Tough Enough to Cook Pink Cook-Off at the Western Montana Fair Thursday afternoon.

We headed to the Missoula County Fairgrounds to check out how things were heating up in the culinary building.

Adam and the other judges dipped their spoons into some delicious treats.  Organizers say the focus of the all-men cook-off is to bring awareness to breast cancer.

Dishes on the table included flan, grilled salmon, honey sopapillas, jambalaya, Asian chicken and rice, and grape salad.   

After the judges had time to sample each dish they convened to choose winners.

In first place the honey sopapillas, grape salad placed second, and jambalaya came in third.

We caught up with second place winner Tom English who tells us, for him, the cook-off isn't just about the food.

“I've known some people that have had breast cancer, I think all of us have, but it's just fun to come out and support breast cancer (awareness),” he said.  “Plus it’s really fun to compete in.”

Cook-offs will take place every day through Sunday at 3 p.m. in the culinary building at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.