Cornbread, Cook-offs, and Recipes


Lodge National Cornbread Cook-off

Come out and see the 2020 National Cornbread Cook-off! The top ten finalists have be announced and will join us in South Pittsburg to go head to head to determine this year’s champion!

Each year we search the nation for the best original main dish cornbread recipes. This year we will host the 24th Annual Lodge® Cast Iron National Cornbread Cook-Off, sponsored by Lodge® Cast Iron, Martha White®, Dollywood®, and Bush’s®.

Recipe entries require the original main dish/entree/main course recipe is prepared with at least one cup of Martha White® Cornbread Mix and cooked in Lodge® Cast Iron cookware. The ten finalists chosen must compete during the National Cornbread Festival® on April 25, 2020 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Entries will open December 1st, 2019.

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 Cornbread 2019 Cook-Off Rules 

last year’s cook-off event schedule

Cook-off Sponsors


4-H Cook-Off

Entries for the 2020 contest are open! The 4-H Cook-Off is open to all 4th grade 4-H youth. Finalists compete to take home a $500 first place prize. The competition takes place on April 26th, 2020 on the Lodge Cast Iron Cook-Off stage. Check out last year’s finalists…

To see complete rules & entry 2020 form, please click here >>

2020 4-H Cornbread Cook-off Details click here>>

2018 4-H Cornbread Cook-Off Finalists

First Heat

Tayla Branyon
Danielsville, GA
Madison County
“Loaded Baked Potato Cornbread”

Patrick Mathers
Cleveland, TN
Waterville Elementary
Bradley County
“Curry Spice Cornbread”

Sarah Creech
Knoxville, TN
Knox County
“South in Your Mouth Muffins”

Raylen Joy Hodges
Gadsden, AL
Glencoe Elementary
Etowah County
“Tasty Pork, Veggies, and Cheese Cornbread”

Emmerson Reed
Clearwater, FL
Pinellas County
“Brown Butter Bleu Cheese & Honey Cornbread”

Second Heat

London William Brevard
Signal Mountain, TN
Thrasher Elementary
Hamilton County
“Strawberry Short Corncake”

Reagan Hookey
South Pittsburg, TN
South Pittsburg Elementary School
Marion County
“Reagan’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Fruity Cornbread Pizza”

Maddie Schebel
Jasper, TN
Jasper Elementary School
Marion County
“Maddie’s Bacon Bites”

Jacob Scott
Whitwell, TN
Whitwell Elementary School
Marion County
“Green Chili Enchilada Cornbread with Creamy Enchilada Shrimp”

Jonathan Dodd
South Pittsburg, TN
South Pittsburg Elementary School
Marion County
“Flamin’ Hawaiian Cornbread”