Chef de Riz Named at International Rice Festival

Chef de Riz 2015 award winners hold ribbons and plaques
From left: Randy Jemiso (USA Rice), Victoria Armentor, Jill Villejoin, Kallie Pitre, Khloe Pitre, and Letha Vincent
Oct 19, 2015
CROWLEY, LA – Competition was fierce at the 79th annual International Rice Festival’s Rice and Creole Cookery Contest sponsored by USA Rice last Friday.  Hometown standout Jill Villejoin won the title of Chef de Riz (cooker of rice) based not only on her cooking expertise but also her rice knowledge, including the nutritional value, cooking qualities, and types and varieties.

Overall winners from the rice-dish categories, called tri-color winners, included:  Khloe Pitre of Dry Creek, children’s division and Junior Chef de Riz winner; Kallie Pitre of Dry Creek, intermediate division; and Victoria Armentor of New Iberia, teen division.  

The contest is an opportunity for youth and adults to showcase the many ways that rice can be incorporated into the family diet.  

“The Volunteers for Family and Community Club (VFC) appreciate the annual support of this contest by USA Rice,” said Letha Vincent, contest organizer and Rice and Creole Cookery Contest Chairwoman.