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Weekend Chef: 2014 Shake and Bake Off at TMS

Posted 11:30am on Saturday, Apr. 05, 2014

It is a big sports weekend with both the Final Four at AT&T Stadium and the Sprint Cup & Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 and Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. But for me it has been also been a big week for food! In less than a week I have eaten both at a $500 a plate Bass Hall lunch during the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival (you can check out some pictures here) and a selection of the best concessions being served up at TMS at their annual Shake and Bake Off. Talk about a contrast of foods for two weekends! But I can honestly say, good food is good food and I enjoyed both experiences.

The Shake and Bake Off contest showcased ten-food finalists of actual menu items available at the track, with judges picking out a “Best Tasting” and “Most Original” winners. This is the second year for this event, and also my second time to judge.

My fellow judges included The Sideshow’s Orange Cone and Mini Chad, Will Martin from Blitz Weekly, Brother Van from KSCS and Chef Charles Youts from Classic Café.

The finalists in order tasted were: The Steering Wheel, Chocolate Covered Turtle Brownie A La Mode, Twister on a Stick, Loaded Tater Twister, Uncle Fred, Uncle Charlie, Big Hoss Burrito, Roasted Corn Queso Blanco Nachos, Duck Commander Nacho Dawg and Fresh Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade. I have pictures of all the finalist in the slideshow above the story if you want to check them out.

If you listened to this weeks Eats Beat podcast you might have heard that I was a little worried about eating the 24” Big Hoss Burrito. It turns out that they only needed one Big Hoss Burrito to feed all the judges, plus it also won best tasting, making it my pick for feeding the entire family.

The winner for most original was the Loaded Tater Twister, a nacho contraption made up with twisted connected potato chips, I found it extremely messy to eat, but very tasty! Other standouts for me include the Roasted Corn Queso Blanco Nachos, the Uncle Charlie BBQ sandwich, and if you want something sweet, the Chocolate Covered Turtle Brownie A La Mode. If you need something to wash all that down you can’t go wrong with the Fresh Squeezed Strawberry Lemonade.

So if you try any of the concessions this weekend at TMS, let me know what your favorite is!

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