If your idea of macaroni and cheese comes in a box and with a packet of no-refrigeration-necessary bright orange goo, your palate hates you. Redeem yourself and get hungry: New Hampshire’s Macaroni and Cheese Bake Off is just around the corner.
Hosted by New Hampshire dairy farmers, this year’s competition will be the first of its kind in the state. Mac and cheese lovers from all over can channel their inner Padma Lakshmi or Tom Colicchio and vote for their favorite recipes for the People’s Choice Award. You can taste the cheesy goodness from the following four categories: the best mac and cheese from a restaurant or chef, the best mac and cheese made solely with New Hampshire-made milk and cheese, the best mac and cheese made with any state’s cheese and the most creative or exotic mac and cheese.
The expert judges are Jeffrey Paige, chef and owner of Manchester, New Hampshire’s award-winning Cotton restaurant, Charlie Burke, president of the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection and Rob Morrill, a New Hampshire dairy farmer. The winning mac and cheese in the New Hampshire-made category will be featured on Cotton’s menu. The winner from each category will move on and compete to be the ultimate mac and cheese master, the grand champion.
What: The first New Hampshire Mac and Cheese Bake Off
When: Saturday, January 15 at 2 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn, 172 North Main St., Concord, New Hampshire
Tickets: $12 at the door
For more information, go here.