On August 20, the South Wing Lobby filled with the smells of a wide variety of pork dishes and a crowd of participants for the 2019 Kentucky State Fair Pork Challenge cooking competition.
Sponsored by the Kentucky Pork Producers for the fifth year, amateur cooks were invited to submit their most creative pork recipes combining fresh pork with up to five other ingredients for a main dish.
Dishes were prepared off-site and then transported to the fairgrounds to be plated and judged by a team of professional chefs.
Taking home top honors and a $250 prize was Joey Clark from Louisville with JC’s Smokin Ribs.
The second place $100 premium went to Kim Mattingly from Louisville and her Piggy Mac Crunch.
In third place, wining $50 was Lynn Rupley Smith from Louisville with Apricot Walnut Pork Loin.
The judges felt that there were a total of four dishes that rose to the top of the competition. Though there are only premiums for the top three, they chose to name an honorable mention as well.
Honorable Mention went to Debbie Peden of Louisville for her Touchdown Shredded Pork Posole Soup.