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)

  • no registration fee for student teams!

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

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Photography credits by Billy Brown & Sara Walker