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2020 Cook Team Guide  

We are pumped for the 15th Annual Gumbo Gala on April 18, 2020!  Click the document link below to download your Cook Team Guide.  Please read carefully to help ensure that your team has a great time at Gumbo Gala.  It contains important information including schedule, load-in instructions, and food safety guidelines.  Check out the 2019 Gumbo Gala map, for a visual of how the event will be setup.


Questions may be directed to Jamie at 205.939.0085 or jwhitehurst@episcopalplace.org.

Think You've Got the Best Gumbo in Birmingham? Prove It!

What your team will receive:

  • 5 tickets to the Gumbo Gala

  • 5 Gumbo Gala t-shirts

  • 10x10 canopy tent (if needed)

  • Two 6 ft. tables

  • 4 ounce serving cups & spoons for guests

  • containers for blind judging

  • paper products & latex gloves

  • a chance at bragging rights for coveted titles

  • a fantastic time and a lot of fun with great friends

What your team will need to provide:

  • ingredients for 10-12 gallons of gumbo

  • gas cookers & propane tanks

  • stock pots and all cooking utensils

  • tent decorations & tablecloths

  • registration fee of $300. ($350 after April 1)

What your team can win:

  • Best Gumbo Competition:

    • Backyard Chef Division​

      • 1st Place - $500 cash and a trophy

      • 2nd Place - $250 cash and a trophy

      • 3rd Place - a fabulous trophy

    • Professional Division

      • 1st Place - $500 cash, trophy, & comp. team entry for 2021!

    • Student Division - trophy to first place

  • Spirit Awards

    • It's all about fun!  Teams are scored on team spirit, cook site decor, and team theme to win the "Spirit Award".  Winners receive trophies.

  • People's Choice Awards:

    • Patrons vote for their favorite gumbo by placing a ticket in your team's ticket jar (provided by Episcopal Place), winner receives a trophy

  • Chef's Choice Awards: (both pro and backyard)

    • Each team selects a classification in which their gumbo will be judged:​

      • best seafood gumbo, winner receives a trophy

      • best chicken & sausage gumbo, winner receives a trophy

      • best specialty gumbo, winner receives a trophy

  • Divine Gumbo

    • Episcopal teams compete for the "Most Divine Gumbo" award.​  Winner receives a trophy.

Judging Criteria:

Each gumbo entry within each division will be blind judged by judging panels consisting of award-winning chefs and food experts.

  • Aroma - gumbo should smell rich and tempting

  • Consistency - gumbo should be a smooth combination of ingredients and roux

  • Color - gumbo should look appetizing with a dark and smooth roux

  • Taste - gumbo should have a rich and pleasing taste