TEP Gumbo Contest Pages

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Meet the TEP Gumbo Contest Judges

Everyone attending the TEP Gumbo Contest will have a chance to taste and vote for their favorite gumbo in the People's Choice Competition on Feb. 8, but the gumbos will also be evaluated objectively by a diverse panel of individuals selected by the Gumbo Planning Committee in the Judge's Choice Competition.

Each judge will score each gumbo on a 1 to 5 point-scale for aroma, consistency, taste and aftertaste. The points awarded by each the judge will be added (Highest possible score of 100.

The 2015 TEP Gumbo Contest judges are:

State Representative Raumesh Akbari won a special election in House District 91 in Shelby County in 2013 and was re-elected in 2014.

Davin D. Clemons is the LGBT Liaison for the Memphis Police Department, a co-host of Relationships Unleashed on KWAM 990 (Broadcasts every Saturday at 5 PM), and a minister at the Cathedral of Praise Church in Memphis.

John Klyce Minervini is a food writer for the The Memphis Flyer and blogger of the Memphis food scene at The Fork.

Tawanda Pirtle is co-owner and operator of Pirtle’s Fried Chicken in Memphis with her husband Cordell. Pirtle’s has served fried chicken in the Bluff City since 1957.

Judge Paula L. Skahan was appointed to Criminal Court, Division 1 by the Governor of Tennessee in December 2004 and was elected to continue in this position in 2006 and 2014. She is the first openly-gay official to be appointed and elected in the State of Tennessee.

Join these judges in tasting great gumbo on Sunday, February 8 from 4:30-7 PM at Bridges. Tickets available in advance online and at the door. $25 for age 21 and up and $15 for under 21. Children age 5 and under admitted for free with adult guardian. 


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