Tennessee Equality Project is pleased to announce the official panel of judges for the TEP Gumbo Contest scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. This diverse panel of chefs, public officials and dignitaries will decide the First, Second and Third place winners of the Judge's Choice Gumbo Awards.
Police Women of Memphis on TLC in 2010. Awkward publicly advocated for the Memphis Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 2012. Virginia's charismatic advocacy for equality in Memphis and love of gumbo makes her an outstanding addition to the panel.
Restaurant Iris and The Second Line in Memphis, Tennessee. After working in the kitchens of several New Orleans restaurants during his career, English will bring his knowledge of gumbo to help decide the winners of this spirited competition.
Memphis City Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr. is the 2013 Memphis City Council Chairman. He was elected to the City Council in November 2007, making him the youngest African-American ever to be elected to the Council and the second youngest overall at the age of 28. He is a mathematics teacher at Central High School where he graduated in 1996 at the age of 16. Dr. Ford is the oldest child of former Councilman Edmund Ford, Sr. and Myrna Ford. Councilman Ford supported the equality of LGBT city employees and job applicants when he voted for the Memphis Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 2012.
DeJaVu Restaurant and recently celebrated the opening of a second restaurant location on Main Street in Downtown Memphis. DeJaVu specializes in vegan and vegetarian Creole food. Follow Chef Gary at his blog Cooking with Gary.
Please join us in thanking our gumbo judges for 2014. Gumbo contestants may register their team for the competition until February 8, 2014 or until slots are sold out. Sign your team up today!