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.
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