Cooking Competition

The annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival is a quintessentially Southern, one-of-a-kind tradition celebrating one of Georgia’s most-beloved dishes: shrimp and grits. In 2016, we raised the bar, and took the cooking competition state-wide.  Chefs from top restaurants around the state battled it out in a professional cooking competition for the title of “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits.”

The Georgia’s Best tradition will continue again for 2017: We’re looking for the best shrimp & grits dish in Georgia! Professional chefs from all over the state are invited to compete for the title, “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits 2017” at the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.

Prizing

Cooking competition winners will receive:

First Place

  • $2,000 cash
  • Official award to display in your restaurant & icon to display pronouncing you “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits” for 2017-18
  • Feature on SouthernLiving.com
  • Inclusion in state-wide news coverage efforts
  • Right to return in 2018 to defend your title

Second Place

  • $1,000 cash
  • Official award to display in your restaurant & icon to display pronouncing you “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits – second place” for 2017-18

Third Place

  • $500 cash
  • Official award to display in your restaurant & icon to display pronouncing you “Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits – third place” for 2017-18

Entry & Rules

To vie for the 2017-18 Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits, please complete the form below. We’ve also provided a complete competition overview should you have any additional questions.

Voting

Round one of voting takes place online, July 7-14. Winners representing each Georgia tourism region will be announced Monday, July 17.

Festival Competition

Regional winners will compete in a blind judging on-site at the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival Saturday, September 16.


Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits

Congratulations to the 2016 professional cooking competition winners – you truly are Georgia’s Best!