Cornbread, Cook-offs, and Recipes


National Championship

Each year we search the nation for the best original main dish cornbread recipes. This year we will host the 21st Annual National Cornbread Cook-Off, sponsored by Lodge® Cast Iron.

Entries are closed for the 2017 contest . Please check back next year to enter. Entries require your original main dish recipe is prepared with at least one package of Martha White® Cornbread Mix and cooked in Lodge® Cast Iron cookware.

This year ten finalists will be selected to compete during the National Cornbread Festival® on April 29, 2017 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

national cook-off past winning recipes

Along with the coveted cast iron skillet crown, the Cook-Off champion will receive a $5,000 cash prize and a 30-inch stainless steel gas range (a $3,250 value) from FiveStar® Professional Cooking Equipment, and special gifts from Martha White and Lodge® Cast Iron.

Second place wins $1500 and third place receives $1,000! The remaining two finalists walk away with $150. All finalists receive up to $500 travel reimbursement and a gift basket courtesy of Martha White® and Lodge® Cast Iron.

Complete National Championship Cook-Off Rules >>


4-H Cook-Off

The 4-H Cook-Off is open to all 4th grade 4-H youth. Finalists compete to take home a $500 first place prize. Entries for the 2017 contest are open now through March 1st, 2017.

To see complete rules of entry, please click here >>

4-H Press Release 2017

Cook-off Sponsors

We love being able to give out prizes to deserving winners! A big thanks to each of our sponsors:


Lodge Manufacturing


Martha White


Brown Stove Works, Inc

Chattanooga State, Michael P. Hennen Hospitality & Culinary Center