Firefighters reap rewards from bountiful cook-off

Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM.

“I was not told I had to know the flags of the countries,” he said, between satisfied bites.

With few exceptions, the presentations of the dozen dishes were well-done. The Weems team, Led by Jody Fortunas, served up two rows of Mirabella oysters, marinated in garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, topped with black caviar, each atop a ceramic spoon, accompanied by seasoned crackers.

Bobbi Walker, from Orange Beach, Alabama, prepared fried oysters flavored with blue cheese and potpourri sauce, in a silver serving dish. She had help from Cheryl Childress and husband Ron, from Daphne, Ala., and Sheryl Watts, from Meridian, Mississippi, all down here staying on Cape San Blas.

“We just decided we wanted to do something fun,” Walker said.

Former undersheriff Joel Norred, and his wife Susan, did “Naked Oysters Under Glass,” each grilled with bacon, spinach, and anise, and served with a “firecracker” to add crunch.

Earl Solomon did Oysters Rockefeller, and that earned him third place with Allen and the other two judges -  Ron Sewell, a self-described “little fat Ford dealer from Odessa Texas” back for his second year, and St. George Island’s Jerry Thompson, who was at least 15 minutes late due to parking hassles, which delayed the scheduled start of judging.

“I think some dishes would have been better if they had started eating them 15 to 20 minutes before, like they were supposed to, instead of letting them get cold,” said Getter.  “I told them this one should have been warm, so keep that in mind. This is cold now but don’t take it against them.”

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