Who knew that one of America's favorite foods could be cooked in so many different ways?
The United Way hosted the inaugural Motown Mac 'N Cheese Cook-Off on Saturday. Nine local restaurants gathered downtown to compete for bragging rights for having the best macaroni and cheese.
"Some of the ways that these restaurants have created mac 'n cheese, I'm so looking forward to tasting. You have everything from a traditional lobster mac 'n cheese, to a jalapeño gnocchi mac 'n cheese," said United Way Volunteer Connections Manager, Samantha Murdock.
Executive Chef at Morgantown Brewing Company, Brian Crowe, said they kept their dish simple, "We kept it kind of traditional but also kind of unique where we offered definitely the traditional noodles, but a whole bunch of different cheeses, some vegetables mixed in. Really the kicker is the Eighty Shilling beer that we brew in house. It's actually in the sauce and also in the brine for our house cured bacon crumbles that I'm putting on top of the dish."
Each restaurant was judged on three different categories which included: best in taste, best in presentation, and peoples choice. A first place winner was crowned in each category.
But why a Mac N Cheese Cook-Off?
Organizers said it was fun to mix cooking and fundraising.
"Who doesn't like mac 'n cheese right? So we decided to kind of put the fundraiser aspect of a cook-off and a cooking challenge along with a food that transcends all ages. You know little kids love it, I love it, older folks love it," Murdock said.
All proceeds from the event went towards the United Way Volunteer Connection. This group provides volunteer assistance to local non-profit organizations.
Even though this was the first year for the event, it was a huge hit among the community. Lines were all the way down the street just to get in. Organizers hope to continue the cook-off in the future in hopes it will continue to grow.