Jambalaya Festival names Champion of Champions

Charlotte Guedry
Kyle Frederic was named “Champion of Champions” on?Thursday night at the 2011 Jambalaya Festival.

Thursday night was certainly a big one for the many past champions of Jambalaya Festivals.

14 cooks participated in the Champion of Champions cook-off.

From 2 - 5 p.m., yesterday, the aromas of seasonings and spices were wafting through Gonzales, as eager participants waited to see who would be crowned king.

For one lucky cook, Kyle Frederic, the waiting came to an end as he claimed the title.

“I’ve alwyas wanted to win all three titles, Mini-Pot, Champion, and now Champ of Champs, and I’ve finally done it,” he said. “Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel.”

The Champion of Champions event kicks-off the Jambalaya Festival that will run throughout this weekend.

The cooking continues throughh Sunday, when a name will be added to the coveted list of Jambalaya Festival Cook Champions.

Everyone is invited to the free event, which boasts a fun run, car show, arts and crafts fair, and numerous musical acts to entertain visitors.

For more information on the festival. visit www.jambalayafestival.org.