The eighth annual Cast Iron Cook-Off, a culinary competition celebrating authentic food using new Appalachian cuisine, was webstreamed live by Bethany College Department of Communications and Media Arts students on February 1 and 2, from The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.
Communications and Media Arts majors Katrina Miller, senior
fellow; Anthony Sparks and James Reeve, seniors; and Whitney Lewicki,
sophomore, produced the entire live event, which included the Friday
evening welcome reception, stand-up interviews with participating
chefs, the five-hour Saturday cook-off competition and the awards
ceremony that evening. Department Chair M.E. Yancosek Gamble again
served as co-master of ceremonies, interviewing members of the 14
cooking teams and judges.
Bethany Broadcasting Network’s chief engineer Joseph F.
Dumas, Dr. Jason K. Smith, assistant professor of communications and
media arts, and Dr. Mort Gamble, executive assistant to the president
of Bethany College, accompanied the students to White Sulphur Springs
and provided logistical support. Dumas and Smith also played in the
Appalachian old-time band assembled for the occasion, titled the Cast
Iron Skillet Lickers.