National Macaroni & Cheese Recipe Contest Winner Takes Home $5,000 Lorie Roach wins contest's top prize in the third annual contest

Recipes available at www.tillamookcheese.com



    PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- No, we are not in Kansas
 anymore, or shall we say Buckatunna, Mississippi? Lorie Roach of
 Buckatunna, took home $5,000 and the title of Grand Prize Winner last week,
 in the 2007 Tillamook Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Contest.
 
     Roach's "Jumbo Shell Pasta Stuffed with Baby White Cheddar and Chicken
 Macaroni" recipe won the top prize December 7 against five other regional
 winners from across the country. Roach's recipe was selected out of
 thousands of recipe entries in this year's national contest.
 
     "It's essentially double-stuffed macaroni and cheese. The idea hit me
 in the grocery store. I was in the pasta noodles aisle and thought the two
 would go well together," said Roach.
 
     The first runner up is Oregon regional finalist and Portland native,
 Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, for her Autumn Comfort Mac recipe. Second runner
 up is Ann Jones, Colorado regional finalist for her Shrimp Enbrochette
 TillaMac and Cheese recipe.
 
     Both runners up received 15 pounds of Tillamook Cheese, a gift
 certificate to contest host Typhoon! Restaurants and other prizes. All
 winners and finalists' recipes are available at
 http://www.tillamookcheese.com.
 
     The cook-off was held at Hotel Lucia and sponsored by Typhoon!
 Restaurants, where local celebrities and culinary experts, including author
 Gerry Frank and Tillamook CEO Harold Strunk, judged the six regional
 finalists' recipes for taste, presentation, unique use of ingredients and
 other judging criteria.
 
     The regional winners and a guest were flown into Portland with a guest,
 all expenses paid, to compete in the contest. Finalists and their guests
 were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Tillamook Cheese Factory and a
 four-course dinner compliments of Typhoon! Restaurants the day prior to the
 cook-off.
 
     This was not the first time Roach had submitted a recipe in the
 national competition. She planned on entering since last year's contest,
 and all of her hard work creating the ultimate recipe paid off, "I had so
 much fun last year that I wanted to try to get back into it, I've been
 planning on entering since last year's contest."
 
     All winners and finalists' recipes are available at
 http://www.TillamookContest.com
 
     About Tillamook County Creamery Association
 
     The Tillamook County Creamery Association, formed as a farmer-owned
 cooperative in 1909, has earned a reputation as one of the nation's premier
 brands of cheese. TCCA is a national marketer of naturally aged cheddar and
 a variety of other cheeses, butter, and an extensive line of premium ice
 cream, sour cream and yogurt. TCCA is most famously known for its
 internationally award-winning Tillamook(R) cheddar cheese. For more
 information visit our Web site: http://www.tillamookcheese.com.
 
 
For more information, contact: Martina Degliantoni or Ashley Sherrick Conkling Fiskum & McCormick, Inc. (503) 419-4123 / (503) 802-4115 martinad@cfmpdx.com / ashleys@cfmpdx.com

SOURCE Tillamook Cheese

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