Lampkin Butts, President and Chief Operating Officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc., Laurel, Mississippi, has been named General Chairman of the 48th National Chicken Cooking Contest (NCCC) by Michael Roberts, Chairman of the National Chicken Council, which sponsors the contest.
“The NCCC is one of the top competitive cooking events in the country,” said Roberts, who is President of the Food Products Business at Perdue Farms, Inc., Salisbury, Maryland. “Under Lampkin’s leadership, we will continue our tradition of a top-quality cooking competition that helps uncover some of the key trends in consumer cookery today.”
The NCCC cook-off will be held on May 2, 2009, at the Culinary Institute of America campus in San Antonio, Texas. Nine regional winners from around the country will compete for a grand prize of $50,000 and a “judge’s choice” award of $10,000. Each contestant also receives $1,000 as a regional winner.
The Texas Poultry Federation will serve as the host committee and provide volunteers to assist with the cookoff and host the contestants. The headquarters hotel for the event is the Omni La Mansión del Rio on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio.
The National Chicken Council represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce, process, and market chickens. Member companies of NCC account for approximately 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.